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PGR 604 ADVANCES IN GERMPLASM EVALUATION AND UTILIZATION                                                                               (2L+1P) III

Objective
To impart theoretical and practical knowledge on recent advances in crop germplasm evaluation and use.

Theory

UNIT I
Limitation in use of germplasm: Limitations in use of germplasm collections and necessity of germplasm evaluation, advances in methodology of germplasm evaluation and predictive methods for identification of useful germplasm.

UNIT II
Evaluation of crop germplasm for value addition: Evaluation of germplasm against biotic/abiotic stresses; quality attributes and other value addition traits.

UNIT III
Management and utilization of crop germplasm: Concept of core collection; Molecular markers and their use in characterization and use of genetic resources; Germplasm enhancement/pre- breeding and use of wild relatives in crop improvements, Molecular tagging of QTLs and its role in utilization of germplasm resources.

UNIT IV
Harmonising agro-biodiversity conservation and agricultural development: New crops of the future; PGR management: complementarity in ex situ-in situ (on-farm) approaches and participatory plant breeding.

Practicals

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