Plant Genetics


Plant Genetics

Course Description

The structure, expression, and manipulation of plant genomes will be explored using the principles and theory of classical and contemporary genetics. This course is designed to build a solid foundation in plant genetics and to stimulate further, more specialized, study. Some genetics background helpful, but not required.


Patrick Hayes: 253 Crop Science Bldg.
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-2, or by appointment

Teaching assistant

Mary Block Holzberger: 221 Crop Science Bldg.
Office Hours: XXXXXXXX or by appointment


Recitation (PBG431)

Thursdays 1:00 -1:50. Crop Science Bldg. 138


Related classes to consider

Plant Breeding (PBG450/550) Spring, 2019

Follow this link for a schedule with dates


  • Introduction and review of DNA, transcription, and translation
  • Flowers and seeds
  • Generations and Mendel
  • Asexual reproduction and plants that cover the bases
    • Asexual propagation, apomixis and case studies of Citrus and Rubus 
      • Study guide 
  • Haploids, diploids, and polyploids
    • Features, evolutionary implications, uses, and analyses 
      • Study guide
  • From hermaphrodites to males and females
    • Sex differentiation, self-incompatibility, male sterility
      • Study guide 
  • DNA to phenotype
    • DNA, transcription and translation re-visited
      • Study guide 
    • Regulation; intra- and inter-locus allelic relationships
      • Study guide
    • Transgenics and gene editing
      • Study guide
  • Genome sizes and architectures
    • Chromosomes and linkage
      • Study guide
    • Whole genome sequencing
      • Study guide 
  • Beyond Mendelian genetics
    • Quantitative inheritance
      • Study guide
    • QTL mapping
      • Study guide




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