Biotech Updates

Short Course on Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance

January 6, 2012

To respond to the need for more plant scientists trained in developing drought tolerant cultivars, Colorado State University will offer a short course in Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance on June 11-22, 2012.

The course will end with a two-day symposium on Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance, which will be given on June 21-22, 2012 and is open to the public. Confirmed speakers include Drs. John Boyer, John Passioura, Eduardo Blumwald, Tom Juenger, Amelia Henry, Sean Cutler and Jill Deikman. The course is targeted to graduate students in the plant sciences, as well as to professionals in the public and private sectors. It will provide three transferable graduate-level credits. The course will consist of classroom lectures, hands-on lab exercises, and field research activities appropriate for a drought breeding and genetics program. Course activities are designed around three modules: 1) Whole Plant Physiology of Drought Stress, 2) Plant Breeding for Drought Stress Tolerance and 3) Genomic Approaches to Drought Stress Tolerance.

Participants may apply online at