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Breeding with Molecular Markers - February 2012

March 1, 2013

The University of California is holding its course on Breeding with Molecular Markers in Davis on Feb 14th and 15th, 2012.

This year, we are adding a module on genomic selection, the latest integration of genomics to breeding. The course covers the basics of DNA markers, quantitative trait loci, the transition from marker assisted selection to genomic selection with a highlight on breeding for disease resistance. A hands-on workshop on software support to marker application in breeding programs is a part of the course. The course is taught by experts from both industry and academia. This is a great chance to interact with experts and technology specialists in plant breeding. 

Target Audience: The course is ideal for professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is designed for professional plant breeders who want to learn or expand their knowledge on when and how to incorporate molecular markers into their breeding programs. It is also appropriate for lab professionals who want to learn how their work may be applied. The course focuses on current marker technologies, quantitative trait loci, marker-assisted selection, appropriate population structures and sizes and quality control.  The second day will host a hands-on workshop on how to analyze marker data with phenotypic data in breeding programs. The course is taught by experienced academic and industry professionals. The course provides an opportunity for breeders who are already using these tools to expand their knowledge of new strategies and technologies and for laboratory personnel to appreciate how the marker data that they gen¬erate are applied in breeding programs.

Topics: The course covers a wide variety of valuable topics:

  • Types of DNA markers and assays
  • Marker development
  • DNA marker quality
  • Dissecting quantitative traits
  • Marker?assisted backcrossing
  • Variety identification and hybridity
  • The effect of population structure on linkage
  • Software and databases for molecular markers
  • Integration of markers in wheat breeding
  • Gbrowse?navigating genomes
  • BLUPS?optimizing data
  • Geneflow: hands?on demonstration
  • Genome selection: Basics and experience in animal sys
  • Marker?assisted breeding vs genome selection
  • Molecular breeding for disease resistance

Click on detailed course agenda for the course programme.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Allen Van Deynze, University of California, Davis
  • Rale Gjuric, University of California, Davis
  • Jorge Dubcovsky, University of California, Davis
  • Richard Michelmore, University of California, Davis
  • Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis
  • David Francis, The Ohio State University
  • Edie Paul, GeneFlow inc.

Programme Cost: Early bird registration until December 23, 2011 - $550. Full registration cost of $650 begins December 24, 2011.

Information & Registration: For additional information, click on Breeding with molecular markers - February 2012. Payment for registration can be made by cheque or by credit card.

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