Material list

Lead scientists of the Agropolis community, in close connection with teachers and professionals in pedagogical sciences, are developing innovative teaching elements, on the model of project-based teaching,

The pedagogical materials (bricks and modules) offered within the CultiVar initiative represent a broad diversity of topics. The materials are incorporated within Master-level curricula of Montpellier, at Montpellier SupAgro school and Montpellier University, or will be integral part of PhD-level doctoral modules within doctoral school Gaïa. In the near future, a number of materials will be further deployed in our partner network abroad.

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  • Modern breeding strategies of tropical and Mediterranean crops

    Plant case studies of the module
    Modern agriculture is challenged by global/societal issues (match between demographic projections and agriculture performance, human development, climate change, agro-ecology, agrobiodiversity and genetic resources, etc…). In this context, breeding superior cultivars (cultivated varieties) may offer simple and affordable solutions for farmers/producers and end-users to tackle these issues. At the same time the activity of plant breeding have evolved from traditional empirical approaches to more elaborated strategies (using molecular markers and comprehensive genomic records, precise phenotyping and model-based ideotype definition).
  • Plant and societies: a shared history

    Cassava ©Dufour
    A cultivar (or variety) is a human construct resulting from different biological and social processes: reproduction, selection, exchanges, diffusion… Time frames range from long periods to short term effects of environmental or social disruption. Geographic scales vary from field to region, or even transcontinental diffusion.
  • Comparative omics of tropical crops

    Comparative omics of tropical crops
    NGS technologies led to an impressive production of omics data for tropical crops such as rice, sorghum, sugarcane, banana, palms, cocoa, citrus, coffee, cotton. This allows conducting comparative omics studies at an unprecedented scale, and also helps tackling challenging issues such as the sequencing and analysis of complex genomes.
  • Breeding for better root systems: a new strategy to improve water and nutrient use efficiency

    Cereal root systems ©Ird
    The Green Revolution has been based on the massive use of inputs and the selection of crops that respond positively to these conditions. However, the economic and environmental cost of inputs and their limited availability has led to change of paradigm. This module will illustrate how our increased understanding of root development and hydromineral nutrition and the development of root phenotyping techniques pave the way for the selection of improved root systems.
  • Breeding fruits and vegetables in the high throughput time

    Fruits and Vegetables
    Breeding fruits and vegetables in the high throughput era. Focused on a specific group of species it will offer a global view of the up to date genetic analyses of specific objectives but also an overview of genetic resources, their organization, conservation and use.
  • Designing new crops for the future

    Growing rice in unfavourable conditions is one of the main challenges for the future. © IRRI
    Worldwide evolutions of Agriculture (environmental and societal changes) raise issues on paradigm shift in plant breeding and plant protection. We propose students (at the M1 level) to imagine cultivated varieties for tomorrow, new plant protection strategies and their implementation within production chains. This teaching module lays foundation of plant sciences applied to agrosystems management and mobilizes MSc skills within an applied multidisciplinary context.
  • The 3000 rice genomes, an introduction to genetic diversity

    Rice Diversity
    Diversity is the foundation for plant breeding. The diversity of genome sequences is becoming massively accessible and will revolutionize biological research. Among crops, rice is the good choice for tackling the new challenges and opportunities thus opened.
  • Analysing and modelling phenotypes for challenging environments

    An apple tree simulated with MappleT model
    Plant breeding for challenging environments is a crucial challenge in the context of climate changes. Traits and alleles suited to fluctuating environments are complex (trait combination), difficult to define and differ depending on target cropping environments. Phenotyping facilities in field and controlled conditions allow addressing this challenge but still require considerable progress in methods. Combination of genetic and crop/ecophysiological modelling can help unlocking above difficulties and support the conception of suitable genotypes.

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