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  • CGIAR Integrated Breeding Platform

    The Integrated Breeding Platform is a development being led by the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP), a part of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) which has a mission to bring scientists from different horizons and with different skills to work together, bridging the gap between upstream and applied research, so that biotechnology could have greater impact on plant breeding efficiency in developing countries. The Integrated Breeding Platform functions as a one-stop-shop to provide information, tools, services and training.  Furthermore IBP hopes to provide developing countries with access to modern breeding technologies, breeding materials, and related information to facilitate their adoption of molecular breeding approaches and improve their plant breeding efficiency. This site provides educational and training opportunities to help people be able to better utilize the tools at the Integrated Breeding Platform, as well as to provide an online community area for webinars and discussion forums. In order to access the self-paced courses found at the left, you will need to click on the "Join Now" button found in the upper right corner of this page.  Right now the courses are under development and not ready for participants.  While you wait, you can view any materials found under the "lessons" or "animations/video" buttons. This project was supported in by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  

  • North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course
    Steve Young syoung4@unl.edu
    Welcome to the North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC) Online Community! The NAIPSC Online Community houses information about the NAIPSC Field Course, instructors, resources, and future opportunities to increase your knowledge of invasive plants. The 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series The 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series is now done. NAIPSC members can view the archived version by logging onto the NAIPSC Online Community. For more information about the NAIPSC Webinar Series and the Online Community, contact Steve Young. 2014 NAIPSC Web Course The first annual NAIPSC WC took place January 22-23, 2014. We had great sessions, good discussion, and no one complained about the food, hotel, or flight delays! If you weren't able to join us, don't worry because we recorded each session and have made them available in an 'archived' version. If you want to watch the sessions, contact Steve Young for details. Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems Are you interested in more than just how to control invasive plants? Have you had questions about where invasive plants occur and how they are impacting the most pristine to the most degraded ecosystems? Maybe you just want to know what an invasive plant is. If so, then you need to sign up for the all new course entitled, "Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems". In this 15-week course offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you'll learn how invasive plants in arid climates are affecting hydrological cycles, the changes below-ground caused by invasive plants, the legacies of invasive plants, and much more. The format of this 3-credit course is similar to other college-level courses, except that the all of the instruction, materials, and activities are located online. You can participate from anywhere to hear the pre-recorded lectures, and be involved in the discussion board and complete the problem sets and other various assignments. To put all of your new found knowledge to use, an optional final project on several topics including land manager interviews, invasive plant spotlights, and creating an educational program will be available. For any professional, researcher, student, or instructor working or teaching in the fields of conservation or land management, this course is for you. No other course is going to teach you the 'why' and 'how' relating to the establishment of invasive plants in terrestrial ecosystems. Find out more by contacting Dr. Steve Young (steve.young@unl.edu) or downloading a brochure. The 2014 course has already begun, but a shorter 5-week version is being developed.

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  • Experiential Learning in Agricultural Sciences (ELAS)
    Martha Mamo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln dnolan2@unl.edu
    Our hope is that this community will become a wealth of information shared.  Please use the Discussion Board above (and within each specific area)  to post lesson plans, images, and other items of interest.  From time to time we will move items that have been posted to the most appropriate areas of the site. In the Discussion Board above, the first few postings contain materials to help you learn how to create dynamic posts and attach materials to your posts. ELAS Events and Workshops will be a place for us to provide lists of specific events of interest to ELAS. ELAS Pedagogical Resources link in the left menu is an area where we will share information about materials available on the web and through other sources. ELAS Teaching Tips link in the left menu will be used to share tips and tricks that have been found useful, and possibly warnings of things that don't seem to work. ELAS Activities and Lesson Plans will eventually contain a variety of actual activities and lesson plans for your use. ELAS Leader Contacts provides you with a list of the original leaders of this site, including their affiliations and email addresses.

    Contents of this Community may be viewed only after joining. A joining request requires approval by the Community owner before access is provided.
Featured Animations
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    Population Dynamics of Palmer Amaranth
    This animation examines several states of a weed species during the growing season and studies the transitions that occur between each state.
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    Syringing
    This video clip discusses the technique of syringing for water management in turf grasses. (Link broken 10-11-12, actual URL is http://passel.unl.edu/animation/movies/handwatering.mov)
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    The Role of Acetolactate Synthesis (ALS) in Branched Chain Amino Acid Biosynthesis
Featured Lessons
  • Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 2 - Processes of Weathering This lesson identifies the factors of weathering processes and how they influence soil formation.
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  • Herbicide Resistance: Mechanisms, Inheritance, and Molecular Genetics Explanation of the biochemical mechanisms and genetics of herbicide-resistance in weeds and the management and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds in relationship to the biochemical mechanisms and inh...
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  • Backcross Breeding 1 - Basic Gene Inheritance This lesson reviews the basics of gene inheritance. It compares plants that are homozygous, heterozygous, and hemizygous for an allele and how gene expression is affected by the dominance of an allele...
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  • Gene Design 2 - Gene Constructs This lesson builds upon the gene region lesson discussing the gene construct of currently used hybrids and explaining how these combinations result in a particular gene expression.
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  • Transformation 2 - Transformation Methods This lesson explains the procedure of introducing a new gene into a plant cell (transformation). It discusses the main goals of the transformation process and describes the four main methods of tran...
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