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Plant Breeding plays an important role in the development of plant varieties for food, feed and industrial uses. New varieties have to meet current demands regarding yield, disease resistance, quality characteristics, salt or drought tolerance and suitability for sustainable plant production systems. Plant Breeding involves a variety of aspects, ranging from the molecular level to the population level and requires knowledge on the physiology, ecology and genetics of cultivated plants. The use of various molecular techniques contributes enormously to the rapid identification of genes for natural resistance and is essential for accelerating the selection process by marker-assisted breeding.
This online master's specialisation is designed as a part-time study. The
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Wageningen University & Research is the best University in the Netherlands and one of the leading international universities in the field of healthy food and living environment. The university offers 29 English-taught master's programmes and 3 online master's. In these programmes you will focus on current and future global issues that are of increasing importance to both industry and government.Read more
Christina Kothes is one of our first students who participated in the online MSc programme in Plant Breeding and has agreed to share her story with us. She started the programme in September of 2015. She is 34 years old and lives on her parent’s dairy farm in Viersen, Germany. In 2015 she graduated and obtained a BSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture. Studying online enables her to combine work and study, which was an important reason for her to choose this new online programme at Wageningen University.
Why did you choose Wageningen University for your Master of Science?
“I have a huge interest in Plant Sciences and therefore participated in the summer school “Green Genetics” which was organized by Wageningen University back in 2012. I really enjoyed the week of theoretical and practical trainings. About a year ago, I read on the internet about the online Master specialisation in Plant Breeding, and I was immediately interested. Wageningen University is one of the world’s leading universities for Agriculture and Plant Sciences, and therefore seemed like a good choice for me.”
Since September 2015 you are following the online Master programme. What are your first impressions of the programme?
“I am really happy to get the opportunity of studying at Wageningen University and also to have a multicultural environment within the group of my fellow students. I believe that the programme offers an excellent opportunity to combine life-long learning and work, and I am glad that I have found this programme. Distance learning and studying online is a way of really profiting from today’s modern learning environments and really utilizes the opportunities that technology provides us with.”
What are your plans for the future?
“By following this programme, I am hoping that I can keep on developing my knowledge in Plant Breeding and through that move on to a job in the Research and Development Department of EURALIS. There, I would like to become a maize breeder.”
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