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AGR 010 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS AND PLANT BREEDING                                                                     (2L+1P) II

Objective
To provide a basic introduction to Genetics and Plant Breeding to students from a non agriculture background.

Theory

UNIT I
History of Genetics and Plant Breeding. Cell and cell division.

UNIT II
Mendelism. Linkage and recombination. Common statistical tools for research.

UNIT III
Role of genetics in crop improvement. Polyploidy and mutation.

UNIT IV
Modes of reproduction. Breeding methods for self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and asexually reproducing crops. Male sterility and incompatibility. Heterosis and hybrid development.

UNIT V
Breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses. Variety development and seed production.

UNIT VI
Agricultural Biotechnology, Molecular Biology in Crop improvement

Practicals
Parts of Microscope, Basics of mitotic and meiotic slide preparations, Stages of Mitosis, Meiosis, field visit and study of floral biology, crossing techniques, variability and breeding methods in different crops - Wheat, Chick pea and Brassica.

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