Design of breeding programs. Basic elements of breeding programs: Breeding
objectives and breeding planning, performance testing, selection and mate selection,
use of biotechnologies, transfer of breeding progress in the production level, monitoring
of the breeding progress. Breeding program structures in the most important crop
species: cereals, corn, rape, sugar beet, specialty crops. Breeding program structures
in the main livestock species: dairy cattle, pigs, poultry, beef cattle, small ruminants.
Breeding program structures in forest genetics.
Learning outcome, core skills:
Students will learn the basic elements and structures of breeding programs in plant and
animal breeding. They understand the relationship between biological characteristics
of the crop or livestock species and the specific design of the breeding program.
The students know the four breeding categories and design possibilities of breeding
programs for self-pollination, cross-pollination and
vegetative and clonally propagated crops. They learn breeding programs for major crops
and livestock species.
Profound knowledge of basic breeding program structures and elements of breeding
programs and their concrete implementation to various crops and livestock. Elaboration
of the breeding planning for a livestock or crop species.