Unit Code: FIS720

Unit Title: Natural Selective Breeding & Genetics

The Unit introduces students to concepts of natural selective breeding, principles and applications. Topics discussed include; natural selective breeding, basic genetics, domestication and strain evaluations, selective bleeding and their correlated responses to direct and indirect selection. In basic genetics, crossbreeding and hybridization, interbreeding and maintenance of genetic quality, intraspecific cross-breeding and hybridization are taught. Students are introduced to modern advances in genetics, including gynogenesis, androgenizes, cloning, polyploidy and sex reversal breeding. Other topics in the Unit include; molecular and genomic techniques, genetic engineering, genomics, QQTL mapping, marker-assisted selection, as well as combining genetic enhancement programs and genotype-environment interactions. Subjects of future research and development in genetics are also discussed.