Genetic Improvement of Forest Species

Course Information
TitleΓΕΝΕΤΙΚΗ ΒΕΛΤΙΩΣΗ ΔΑΣΟΠΟΝΙΚΩΝ ΕΙΔΩΝ / Genetic Improvement of Forest Species
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000045

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1. Understanding of the geographic variaiton and the variation of natural forest tree populations - training on assessment methods 2. Training on putting together and executing tree breeding programs 3. Training on establishin genetic trials, evaluation of results and capitalization on the results for the establishment of production plantations 4. Knowledge and training on advanced generation breeding strategies - structure and management of breeding populations 5. Applications of genomics and molecular markers for marker assisted selection 6. Understanding of the applications of genetic engineering on forest trees
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction. Breeding objectives and programmes. Variation of species, populations, stands, trees and its origin, study methods. Prov¬enance, terminology, importance to breeding. Artificial selection, methods of its application in forest tree breeding. Genetic testing, estimation of heritability and genetic gain. Vegetative propagation, methods, topophysis, consequences. Hybridization (natural - artificial), aims, methods. Introduction of exotics, methods, species selection. Mutations - biotechnology. Breeding for disease resistance and wood quality.
Geographic variation, Evolutionary Genetics, Breeding Programs, Genetic Trials, Deployment of improved material, Advanced generation breeding strategies, Genomics, Molecular markers, Genetic engineering
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Lectures by using modern technologies and the internet. Use of educational videos, use of internet and interactive quizzes during the laboratory courses. Communication with the students via their academic email and use of the electronic academic platform of AUTh for distributing learning material.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work26
Reading Assigment15
Student Assessment
Weekly tests on the material taught during the laboratory courses. Final written exam that includes multiple choice questions and solving of problems on the topics taught in the laboratory courses. Success in the laboratory exams is a prerequisite for taking the exam on the course that includes only questions requiring long answers.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Τ. White, T. Adams, D. Neale, 2009. Δασική Γενετική. Επιστημονική Επιμέλεια-απόδοση στα ελληνικά Α. Σκαλτσογιάννης, Δ. Ζαραγκότας. Εκδόσεις ΕΜΒΡΥΟ. ISBN 978-960-8002-52-4
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