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PLSC 718

Genetics and Plant Improvement

Reproduction and the structure of self-pollinating, cross-pollinating and asexually reproducing populations. Chromosome structure, Mendelian inheritance, linkage and epistasis. Qualitative and quantitative traits, heritability. Origin of, and inheritance in, aneuploids and polyploids. Mutation breeding. Conventional breeding strategies for improving self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and clonally propagated crops. Hybrid breeding strategies based on manual emasculation; genetic, cytoplasmic and genic/cytoplasmic male sterility; self-incompatibility; and dioecism. 3 one-hour lectures. Fall. 3 credits.

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Instructor: Dr. Francois Marais
Office: 266H Loftsgard Hall
Phone: 701-231-8155

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