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Stephen Baenziger

Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance:

Summer Field-Oriented Short Course, June 2-13, 2014

This course on the genetics, breeding, and physiology of drought stress tolerance is targeted to graduate students in the plant sciences, as well as to professionals in the public and private sectors. It provides three transferable graduate-level credits.


The course will consist of classroom lectures and discussions, hands-on lab and greenhouse exercises, and field research activities appropriate for a drought breeding and genetics program. Visits to seed company operations in the region will also be included. Course activities are designed around three modules:

• Whole Plant Physiology of Drought Stress
• Plant Breeding for Drought Stress Tolerance
• Genomic Approaches to Drought Stress Tolerance

Primary instructors will be Drs. Pat Byrne and John McKay, with assistance from Drs. Bill Bauerle and Stephen Baenziger. Other guest lecturers, each with a different specialty in the plant sciences, will provide information and insights, both in the classroom and at the field sites.


The course will focus on plant breeding strategies and practices directed toward improving plant performance under drought stress. Concepts for this intensive, three-credit graduate level course include:
• Analyzing the target environment
• Understanding plant response to drought stress and plant adaptation strategies
• Using wild species and landraces as sources of drought tolerance
• Determining which phenotypic traits to use in selection practices
• Detecting marker-trait associations for relevant traits
• Employing transgenic approaches for drought tolerance

Applying genomic data to improve understanding of stress tolerance



Participants should have a basic understanding of genetics, plant breeding, and plant physiology. Prior to the beginning of the course, students will review online material on these topics to provide a common background in breeding and physiology concepts.



The cost of student tuition is US $1,647 and fees is US $20. Accommodations for room and board are available on-campus for either $910 (double occupancy) or $1,245 (single occupancy). This cost includes three meals daily. A fee of 3% will be added for credit card payment. Guests are also welcome to make their own arrangements for room and board. All foreign visas and travel arrangements are at students' initiative and expense.



2010 and 2012 course participantsThe first field-oriented short course was offered in June, 2010 and the second in June, 2012. International groups of students converged at Colorado State University in Fort Collins for the intensive two-week program. A total of 42 students from 17 countries have enrolled in the course.

View a slideshow of photos from the 2012 course.




Registration is now closed. Please watch this page for future course announcements!


For questions or registration information, please contact the Program Assistant, Kierra Jewell, at Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2014 or until the class is full (25 students).


Dr. Bill Bauerle Erena Edae
Julius Mojica Root pulling force
Wahid in the greenhouse

wheat yield trial grown under managed stree conitions in greeley co

All foreign visas and travel arrangements are at students' initiative and expense. We're sorry, but no scholarship funding is available for this course.