DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
AGR 010 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS AND PLANT BREEDING (2L+1P) II
To provide a basic introduction to Genetics and Plant Breeding to students from a non agriculture background.
History of Genetics and Plant Breeding. Cell and cell division.
Mendelism. Linkage and recombination. Common statistical tools for research.
Role of genetics in crop improvement. Polyploidy and mutation.
Modes of reproduction. Breeding methods for self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and asexually reproducing crops. Male sterility and incompatibility. Heterosis and hybrid development.
Breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses. Variety development and seed production.
Agricultural Biotechnology, Molecular Biology in Crop improvement
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.