Horticultural Reproduction Technology

Subject 207-310 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours practicals/tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 202-103 Biology for Land and Food Resources.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Mr James Will
Subject Overview:

The objective of this subject is to extend the participant's ability to:

  • understand and research the reproductive biology of horticultural plants;

  • describe the major biological and environmental factors affecting a plants capacity to produce, dispose and regenerate from seed;

  • understand floral morphology and cytogenetics as appropriate to plant breeding;

  • apply Mendelian genetics to plant breeding;

  • describe and demonstrate the theory of plant incon patibility systems;

  • describe and demonstrate specified seed testing procedures; and

  • recommend and describe effective techniques for germinating seed and establishing plants from seed under nursery, field and revegetation conditions.

The content includes:

  • evolution of genes and plant genomes;

  • breeding systems and strategies of angiosperms;

  • Mendelian inheritance;

  • incompatibility systems in plants;

  • F1 and pedigree breeding systems;

  • pollen: stigma interactions;

  • cytogenetics and cytogenetic techniques important in plant breeding;

  • seed development, dispersal germination and establishment and environmental influences on these processes;

  • the technology applicable to commercial seed production;

  • seed testing; and

  • effective techniques for sowing, germinating and establishing seed.

Assessment: A two-hour examination (45%), a mid-semester test (25%), and two practical reports equivalent to 2000 words (each worth 15%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • Plant Propagation: Principles and Practices (H T Hartmann, D E Kester, F T Davies and P L Geneve), 6th Edition, Prentice Hall International, Upper Saddle River, 1997
  • Plant Beeding Systems (A J Richards), 2nd edn, Chapman and Hall, London, 1997
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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