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Bill Curran teaching studentsPlant Breeding for Drought Tolerance:

Summer Field-Oriented Short Course, TBD


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 and USDA 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. 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:

The last two days of the course will coincide with a symposium, Frontiers in Breeding for Drought.


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 and fees is US $1,897 . Room and board will be approximately $900.




Registration is now open!!


Please complete the application form in order to be considered for the summer course.


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


All foreign visas and travel arrangements are at students' initiative and expense.




The first field-oriented short course was offered in June, 2010, the second in June, 2012 and the third in June, 2014. 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.

Course participants in multiple years

View a slideshow of photos from the 2012 course.

Dr. Bill Bauerle Craig Beil
Julius Mojica Root pulling force
Wahid in the greenhouse

wheat yield trial grown under managed stree conitions in greeley co