Material list

Lead scientists of the Agropolis community, in close connection with teachers and professionals in pedagogical sciences, are developing innovative teaching elements, using a variety of approaches.

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 are 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.

As regards their content, these modules can be subdivided in 3 major categories (1) Trait-based (phenotype) plant analysis, (2) Genotype-based plant analysis, or (3) Integrated approaches in plant breeding.

Trait-based (phenotype) plant analysis

In this 1st category the researchers and platforms leaders expose students to modern methodologies used in the characterization of plant functioning at organ (aerial/root, anatomy, leaf photosynthesis) and whole plant-level.

- PAMPA : Plant anatomical phenotyping

- Photosynthesis and water-use efficiency in a context of climate change

- Breeding for better root systems: a new strategy to improve water and nutrient use efficiency

- Analysing and modelling phenotypes for challenging environments

Genotype-based plant analysis

In the 2nd category the applications of the top-notch field of genomics and the ability to generate and exploit important amounts of sequences (DNA/RNA-level) are presented, through various fields of application.

- The 3000 rice genomes, an introduction to genetic diversity

- Epigenome and plant improvement

- Comparative omics of tropical crops

Integrated approaches in plant breeding

In the 3rd category, students discover practical examples of plant breeding programmes in place in France or in the tropics presented by plant specialists, whereby breeding strategies are adapted to the challenges of some particular species (and products) and to the various context elements to be considered, from the local level (e.g. farmer, stakeholder) to the global level (e.g. market, global warming).

- Genome editing in agriculture: engaging in policy, legal and institutional issues

- Designing new crops for the future

- Breeding of tropical and Mediterranean crops: a diversity of contexts and strategies

- Breeding fruits and vegetables in the high throughput time

- Plants and Men, a shared history

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