Larry is a plant geneticist and breeder whose lab uses genomic tools to better understand hybrid vigor, sex determination, and pest and disease resistance in shrub willow bioenergy crops. More recently, he has been leading Cornell’s hemp research and extension team and has initiated a long-term breeding and genomics program to develop new hemp cultivars for New York State. He received his B.S. in Biology at Cornell University, Ph.D. in Genetics at Michigan State University, and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at UC-Davis.
In some cases, a trait of interest does not exist or is not easily available to the breeder. In this course, you will analyze how new genetic engineering and genome editing technologies can be applied to hemp breeding. Understanding when and how to use new genetic technologies is essential for a modern plant breeder. You will examine these new technologies — one of which, the gene gun, was invented at Cornell University — and practice applying them to hemp breeding. Creating a new hemp variety is a lot of work, and as a breeder you'll want to protect your investment with the appropriate intellectual property (IP) protections. As this course concludes, you will compare the different classes of IP protections and evaluate how they can best be used to protect different types of breeding results.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Hemp Genetics
- Hemp Breeding and Selection
Key Course Takeaways
- Develop schemes that incorporate tissue culture and genetic transformation in hemp improvement
- Identify and defend an appropriate strategy for intellectual property protection in a modern hemp breeding program
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Plant, seed, and greenhouse technicians
- Seed purveyors
- Plant breeders and breeding companies
- CBD product developers
- Agriculture regulators