Forest Genetics I: Principles-Laws-Applications

Course Information
TitleΔασική Γενετική I: Αρχές-Νόμοι-Εφαρμογές / Forest Genetics I: Principles-Laws-Applications
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600019438

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 65
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course535

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Knowledge on plant morphology, forest botany, forest soil science, forest ecology, that is offered via the obligatory courses of previous semesters is facilitating the better understanding of the topics taught in the specific course.
Learning Outcomes
1. Understanding of the main concepts, scope and importance of Forest genetics 2. Understanding of the molecular basis of heritability - the genome organization, the gene structure and regulation 3. Understanding of the principlies of trasmission genetics and training on those principles 4. Understanding and training on the genetic markers (morphological, biochemical, molecular) 5. Introduction to the principles of population genetics, to the mating patterns, Inbreeding and forces of evolution 6. Introduction to the principles of quantitative genetics and the study of polygenic traits, heritability, genetic correlations, genotype by environment interaction and training on the above topics.
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)
Forest Genetics – Basic concepts, Potential, Perspectives, History and Significance - Global scope and importance of natural and managed forests - Concepts and sources of variation in forests – Phenotypic sources of diversity - Genetic sources of diversity – History of forest genetics. The Molecular Basis of Heredity – Organization of the Genome, Structure and Regulation of Genes, Gamete Formation – The DNA Molecule – Cellular Organization of Genomes – The Central Dogma and the Genetic Code – Regulation of Gene Expression. Mendelian Genetics, Statistical Tests for Mendelian Inheritance, Transmission Genetics – Chromosomes, Recombination and Linkage – Extensions of Mendel's Laws. Mitosis, meiosis and cell division. Genetic Markers – Morphological, Biochemical and Molecular Markers – uses and characteristics of genetic markers. Population Genetics – Gene frequencies, quantification of the genetic composition of populations, genotype and genotype frequencies, Hardy-Weinberg Law, crossover systems, Inbreeding and its effect on genotypic frequencies, Evolutionary forces that change allele frequencies. Quantitative Genetics – Nature and Study of Polygenic Traits, Parent and Offspring Phenotype Patterns – Clonal Value and Breeding Value, Heritability Estimation in Forest Species and Heritability Estimation in Forest Tree Populations. Polygenic traits, Heritability and Genetic Correlations, Genotype x Environment Interaction in Forest Trees, estimation of genetic parameters, Crossbreeding designs, experimental designs and data analysis, interpretation of parameters.
Forest Genetics, genome, genes, chromosomes, genetic markers, trasmission genetics, population genetics, quantitative genetics
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 Work260.9
Reading Assigment150.5
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 Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (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
Additional bibliography for study
P.J. Russel, 2009. i Genetics. Mια μενδελική προσέγγιση. Ακαδημαικές εκδόσεις ΜΠΑΣΔΡΑ & ΣΙΑ Ο.Ε. ISBN 978-960-88412-8-4
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