Tucson Plant Breeding Institute


January 8-12, 2018


The goal of the Tucson Plant Breeding Institute (TPBI) is to offer state-of-the-art instruction and training in modern plant breeding tools such as statistics, molecular breeding, and computation. 
While plant breeding is among humankind's oldest and most important endeavors, it remains a highly dynamic field. There is a constant flux of new technologies for plant improvement, such as advances in genomics, bioinformatics, high throughput phenotyping, and new statistical approaches for selection, gene mapping, and GxE interactions. TPBI offers breeders state-of-the art training in these modern tools. By offering modules on different topics, the Institute allows a breeder to choose courses that best fit their specific needs. The mission of the institute is to transfer current technologies to a wide audience of users, be they commercial breeders or academics interested in plant science improvement. 
New to TPBI 2018 is the Data Carpentary Workshop. During the TBPI event, we will offer Data Carpentry Workshops following each day's formals course instruction. Data Carpentry workshops are designed to teach fundamental concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data. At the end of these workshops the learners will be able to: log into and start a "cloud computing" instance through Amazon Web Services, dowload remotely stored genomic data, clean and map genomic sequencing reads, and apply statistical analysis to those data.  
Please note that the Data Carpentry Workshop is at no additional cost and will be held in the same room as Plant Breeding Institute.
TPBI is comprised of the following Modules and Data Carpentry Workshop:
Monday - Wednesday (12:00pm) 
Module 1: Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics (Walsh/Gore/Gutierrez) 
Wednesday (1:30pm) - Friday 
Module 2: Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding (Walsh/Gore/Gutierrez) 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Data Carpentry Workshop
Saturday (8:30am-11:30am)
Data Carpentry Workshop
For further details on each Module, see our Modules.
Module Structure:
Module 1 runs from 8:30am Monday to 12:00pm on Wednesday, Module 2 from 1:30pm Wednesday to 5:00pm Friday. Each module consists of ten 90 minute lectures/computer workshops. 
The Daily Schedule is:
8:30am - 10:00am Lecture 
10:00am - 10:30am Break 
10:30am - 12:00pm Lecture 
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch 
1:30pm - 3:00pm Lecture 
3:00pm - 3:30pm  Break 
3:30pm - 5:00pm Lecture 
The Tucson Plant Breeding Institute 2018 will be held at the BIO5 Institute in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the University of Arizona Campus. (map/directions)