B.Sc. Botany Semester 5 N CORE Course; Course Name- Cell Biology, Genetics and Plant Breeding Course Code- BOT5; Course Duration- Theory – 60 Hrs., Practical – 30 Hrs.; Instructor: KVM



The Plant Breeding focuses on the genetic improvement of crop plants through the study and application of genetics, statistics, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, and related sciences. The program offers fundamental skills in plant breeding, the study of advanced concepts such as genomic selection, and analysis of problems in plant breeding as they arise by global society.

The course will start by presenting an overview of the plant breeding, followed by methods of crop improvement.To be more particular, this course is divided into four quadrants that are consequently divided into lessons each lesson covering a topic in substantial details.


· Quadrant 1 one covers the overview of plant Breeding .

· Quadrant 2 two deals with plant breeding in India

· Quadrant 3 covers the methods of plant breeding

· Quadrant 4 covers heterosis and inbreeding depression.


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

The online version of the course will provide you with additional resources such as post lecture assignments (with bonus points), online activities, quizzes and computer based exams (both models and past years exams). Finally, the most important advantage of this online version is having the chance to directly interact with the course material (posting comments and suggesting ideas) and with the course coordinator (posting questions and debating answers).

As always we are looking forward to hearing your comments and ideas about the course. Please feel free to contact the course author, Dr. Madhusudhan kalaiahgari V, through email at

We had enough talk, it is time to go to the real world and start your journey inside the cell. I hope you enjoy it!

About Syllabus

· Unit 1 – History of Plant Breeding

· Unit 1-Post-assessment

· Unit 2 – Principles of plant breeding

· Unit 2-Post-assessment

· Unit 3 – plant breeding in India

· Unit 3-Post-assessment

· Unit 4 – Plant breeding Programmes

· Unit 4-Post-assessment

· Unit 5 – Plant breeding techniques

· Unit 5-Post-assessment

· Unit 6 – Heterosis and Inbreeding Depression

· Unit-6-Post-assessment

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