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Felipe Ferrão

University of Florida (UF/IFAS)

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AGR6322 - Advanced Plant Breeding

AGR6322 - Advanced Plant Breeding

Prof: Esteban Rios

Fall 2018

  • email: estebanrios@ufl.edu
  • adress: 2005 SW 23rd Street Building 350 Off 352-294-3795
  • TA: Felipe Ferrão

Location and Time

  • Tuesday period 8 (3:00-3:50), FIF 2316
  • Thursday periods 8 and 9 (3:00-4:55), FIF 2316


  • AGR5321 – Genetic Improvement of Plants or equivalent plant breeding course
  • STA616 or equivalent.


This course focuses on practical application of plant breeding, genetics, and statistics to devise effective approaches to meet particular breeding goals. Highlighting real life situations and key decisions that plant breeders face, the course builds upon knowledge of plant breeding methods and quantitative genetic theory. Four specific functional areas, which somewhat reflect divisions of labor in breeding programs and seed industry, are addressed: population development, population evaluation, trait integration, and product commercialization and supply.

Intended Audience

The course is designed for MS and PhD graduate students in the following disciplines: plant breeding, agronomy, horticultural sciences, plant genetics and molecular genetics.

Course Objectives

To familiarize students with advanced breeding strategies, methods, and techniques in plant breeding, and how to apply those concepts in breeding programs. At the end of the course, students should be able to describe and discuss population genetic parameters, mating designs, differentiate between mating designs for additive and dominance variation, and genomic selection.


[pdf] = slides used in class
[R] = R codes
[HW] = homework
[paper] = article suggested