Plant Breeding Online Course

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Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Learn the principles and practices of plant breeding by distance learning online.

This course provides a foundation in the principles of genetics as applied to plant breeding.  Learn about genetics, plant reproductive processes, systems of inheritance (hybridisation, mendalian genetics and more), plant breeding within the horticultural industry.

Course Aims:

  • Describe the commercial and scientific nature of the modern plant breeding industry, on a global basis
  • Describe the structure and function of genetic material
  • Describe gamete production in plants.
  • Explain the results of mono hybrid and dihybrid inheritance in plants.
  • Investigate the role of systematic botany in horticulture.
  • Explain a variety of different plant breeding techniques.
  • Review current developments in plant breeding.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 7 lessons in this course:

    The Scope and Nature of the Plant Breeding Industry

    • What is Plant Breeding
    • Scope of the Modern Industry
    • Sources of Genetic Material
    • Germplasm Preservation
    • Botanic Gardens, Plant Breeding Organisations, Research Bodies

    Introduction to Genetics

    • Review of Plant Genetics Linkage and Crossing Over
    • DNA
    • Homologous Chromosomes
    • Cell Biology -cell components, cell wall, nucleus
    • Protein Synthesis
    • Plant Anatomy
    • Plant Genetics, Mendel’s Principles and Experiment
    • Genetic Terminology
    • Gene Linkages

    Gamete Production, Pollination and Fertilisation in Plants

    • Phases of Plant Reproduction
    • Gamete Production
    • Gene Mutation
    • Sources of Genetic Variation: Polyploidy, Bud Sports and Chimeras
    • Male Sterility
    • Effect of Environment
    • Terminology
    • Use of Pollination Biology in Plant Breeding: Pollination Process, Pollination Requirements, Cross Pollination, Fertilisation, Male/Female Recognition, Overcoming incompatibility, Post Fertilisation, Pollen Selection, Floral Introduction etc.
    • Mitosis and Meiosis
    • Genes
    • Sexual Structures in Plants: Flowers, Fruit, Seed

    Monohybrid and Dihybrid Inheritance in Plants

    • Mono hybrid Crosses
    • Dihybrid Crosses
    • Gene Linkages
    • Crossing Over
    • Recombination
    • Quantitative Traits
    • Terminology

    Systematic Botany and Floral Structures

    • Systematic Botany
    • Plant Morphology
    • Type Specimins
    • Floral Diagrams
    • International Botanical Code
    • Binomial System; Genus and species
    • Hybrids, Varieties, Cultivars
    • Name Changes
    • Nomenclature of hybrids
    • Using Botanical Keys

    Practical Plant Breeding Techniques

    • Plant Breeding Programs
    • Breeding Self Pollinated Crops
    • Pure Line Breeding
    • Mass Selection
    • Pedigree Breeding
    • Bulk Population Breeding
    • Breeding Cross Pollinated Crops
    • Single Plant Selection
    • Mass Selection
    • Progeny Selection
    • Line Breeding
    • Recurrent Selection
    • Backcross Breeding
    • Induced Polyploidy
    • Hybrid Seed Production
    • Dormancy Factors Affecting Germination (e.g. hard seeds, impermeability to water, Chemical inhibitors, Undeveloped embryos, etc)

    Current Developments in Plant Genetics

    • Plant Biotechnology
    • Genetic Engineering
    • DNA Markers
    • Somatic Hybridisation
    • Micropropagation
    • Plant Breeders Rights
    • Trade Marks, Patents

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.