These activities in address aspects of the following outcomes and content areas of the HSC Agriculture syllabus:
Core – Plant/Animal production
H2.1 describes the inputs, processes and interactions of plant production systems.
Students learn about:
Managing plant production
- the interaction of genotype, environment and management
Students learn to:
- outline plant breeding systems and their genetic basis including selective breeding, hybridisation and genetic engineering
- explain how plant breeding is used to develop new varieties to improve product quality, yield and environmental adaptation
Describe, in your own words, the method of plant breeding known as mass selection. (you may wish to use an example).
Outline what you think the advantages and disadvantages of mass selection would be.
Explain the role that crossbreeding has played in developing new plant varieties.
List some characteristics of wild plant species that may make them valuable for inclusion in cross breeding programs.