Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Language of Instruction
Objectives of the Course
In this lecture, it is aimed form a bridge between the formation of variability and it’s use in plant breeding. Students who have finished this course should be able to understand the importance of genetic resources, genetic diversity, ecosystem diversity and functional diversity. Hence, they should be able to follow international journals such as Biodiversity and Conservation, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eftal Düzyaman
Learning Outcomes
1The student should have sufficient knowledge in collection, evaluation, conservation, and use of genetic resources.
2The student should be able understand the importance of biodiversity.
3The student should understand the importance of sustainability and its applications in agriculture.
4The student should understand natural and agricultural ecosystems, and being able to form a relationship between them.
5The student should understand the evolution process of natural species and cultivated plants.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Agrobiodiversity is a vital sub category of biodiversity. This course is concerned with a) living organisms directly used in agriculture (harvested), b) any living organisms collected from the wild (harvested) and finally, c) living organisms concerned with the development of this products (non-harvested). This course will contain aspects on biodiversity, the ecosystem in which this biodiversity has been evolved, genetic resources, variability, natural selection, and collection of genetic resources, it’s conservation and molecular and morphological evaluation.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Why Bio-diversity? General introduction to the course and a brief description
2Genetic diversity, functional diversity and evolution. The importance of evolution in the formation of biodiversity will be discussed.
3Species and ecosystems. The importance of different species in ecosystems and natural balance is expected to be understood by the students.
4The environmental value of biodiversity. The effects of biodiversity to natural processes will be assessed.
5Factors endangering Biodiversity. Sustainability in agriculture will be discussed with all it’s aspects.
6Midterm exam. This exam will cover general aspects of biodiversity and agobiodiversity.
7First cultivation of plants and evolution of cultivated plants. The beginning of agriculture and the aspects of cultivation will be discussed. Evolution in field condition will be assessed.
8Centers of origin and centers of diversity will be taught. The evolution of genetic resources and today’s conservation strategies will be discussed.
9Agricultural ecosystems and their characteristics. Functional mechanism in agricultural ecosystems will be taught and samples will be given. A comparison will also be made with natural processes.
10Factors endangering agricultural biodiversity. Industrialization, globalization and genetic engineering will be discussed in relation to agricultural biodiversity.
11Modern agriculture and agricultural biodiversity. The effects of modern agriculture to biodiversity will be assessed. Hence, the importance of agrobiodiversity in breeding agricultural crops will be taught.
12Biological richness of Turkey and its importance. The genetic richness and climatic diversity of Turkey will be outlined in comparison to other countries. Hence, their importance in agriculture will also be discussed.
13Measurement and evaluation of agrobiodiversity. Techniques used to measure and evaluate agrobiodiversity will be taught.
14Individual project presentation and discussion. Students will present their projects and discussions are made.
15Individual project presentation and discussion. Students will present their projects and discussions are made. A general evaluation of the course, and its subjects will also be done.
16Final exam. An exam covering all subjects will be done.
Recommended or Required Reading
D. Wood and J. M. Lenné, 1999. Agrobiodiversity Characterization, Utilization and Management Paul Gepts 2000. Crop Domestication as a Long-term Selection Experiment. Paul Gepts, Roberto Papa, 2002. Evolution during Domestication. Paul Gepts, Who Owns Biodiversity, and How Should the Owners Be Compensated? Biodiversity and Conservation Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Global Biodiversity assessment. Vernon H. Heywood (Editor)
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination160
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14342
Brain Storming326
Project Preparation13030
Project Presentation122
Self Study148112
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination13535
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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