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.
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.
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).