Heterosis in Plant Breeding

February 27 – April 5, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Joe Keaschall

1 Unit

The module is also offered for noncredit professional development.


Noncredit Professional Development by credit card.


Module covers classical concepts of heterosis; genetic hypotheses for hybrid vigor; quantitative genetics of heterosis; new tools to study hybrid vigor, structure and function; organization of germplasm into heterotic groups, prediction of heterosis and hybrid performance; mechanisms for making hybrid seed; and breeding methods/concepts for developing hybrids in plants.


This module has both a resident, on-campus section and an online section.


Internet access and email




Completion of Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding, Germplasm & Genes, and Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding is recommended.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $270 total cost

Who It’s For:

Among those who would benefit from taking this session are:

  • Plant breeding and seed industry professionals
  • Plant Breeding & Genetics Professional Certificate participants
  • Food industry personnel
  • Certified Crop Advisors
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists

At a Glance