Communities

Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN)

Welcome to the Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN)! Feel free to browse the reference materials located within the community. Building on infrastructure created through the support of the NSF, PBTN was created as part of the Triticeae CAP and is now supported by WheatCAP, both funded by USDA-NIFA. Please take a look around and we hope you find the materials, webinars, and courses in this environment to be rewarding. Together we can meet the food needs of a growing population, in the midst of climate challenges. Jason Cook and Leah Sandall PBTN Project Director and Administrator Jorge Dubcovsky and Eduard Akhunov WheatCAP Project Directors

Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Midwest

Established with the aid of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant, this project was created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like. Spread across eastern Nebraska, ten different farming operations are featured across the twenty different videos. Each farmer was interviewed by a high school student from a nearby school about what their operation does, how and why they choose to manage it in a certain way, and what makes it sustainable as well as what would make it more sustainable. Each video is accompanied by a short document including an overview of the operation, teaching objectives, and several questions to foster classroom discussion. Context specific modules were created encompassing the concept of sustainability as defined by social, economic, environmental factors. These additional modules pull information from across the different farmers to illustrate an overarching concept. It is our belief that creating modules exploring these three areas will increase appeal to educators outside of vocational agriculture departments. Business classes could easily incorporate the module on Niche Marketing or Biology classes the module on Soil Health.

Topic - Crop Production & Natural Resource Management

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas regarding general concepts of growing crops including pest management, nutrient management, and soil and water management.

Topic - Horticulture

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas in horticultural science including turf management, landscape design, plant identification and propagation.

Topic - Plant Breeding & Genetics

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas regarding plant breeding, including classical and molecular genetics principles, as well as plant breeding methods.

Topic - Plant Physiology

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas regarding plant physiology, including plant growth, stress, metabolism and photosynthesis.

Topic - Soil Science

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas regarding soil science, including soil genesis, nutrient cycling and erosion.

Topic - Weed Science

This area of the library contains lessons and animations which cover topic areas regarding weed science, including resistance management, herbicide modes of action and genetics.