Walter Suza

Walter Suza

Position
  • Adjunct Associate Professor
Department
  • Agronomy
AGRON/GEN 320

Contact

Contact Info

1557 Agronomy
716 Farm House Ln.
Ames
,
IA
50011-1051

Course

AGRON/GEN 320: Genetics, Agriculture, and Biotechnology

Resource

Overview

AGRON/GEN 320 is a course that introduces plant genetics and biotechnology for the advancement of agriculture. A clear and structured introduction to the topic for learners new to the field of genetics, the course discusses: an introduction to the life cycle of the cell, DNA and how it relates to genes and chromosomes, DNA analysis, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, and transmission genetics. Most Genetics textbooks lack relevant information for agriculture and are expensive for students. Therefore, I am pleased that a set of relevant agricultural genetics and biotechnology Open Educational Resources are now available through the Open Textbook Library. The resources allow me to customize my course, by combining the textbook, classroom lectures, and applied learning activities. These approaches will help students build their genetics foundation in the context of why these concepts matter for problem solving in agriculture systems.