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Modules

 

Each module consists of 2.5 days, 8:30am - 5:00pm, with a 12:00pm - 1:30pm lunch break. On Wednesday Module 1 will end at 12:00pm and Module 2 will begin at 1:30pm. 
 

 

Module 1: Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics 

Notes

Target audience:  Geneticists and molecular biologists with an interest in classic approaches to plant breeding that are critical for molecular breeding.
Goals:  An introduction to the basic machinery of quantitative genetics useful for plant breeders
Assumed background:  Some exposure to statistics (regressions, ANOVA, covariances).

Lectures:
(1)  Introduction to Modern Plant Breeding
(2)  Basic Genetics
(3) Basic Statistics
(4) Variance Decomposition 
(5) Resemblance Between Relatives
(6) Heritability and Field Designs
(7) QTL Mapping
(8) Association Mapping
(9) Inbreeding, Heterosis
(10) Mass and Family Selection

 

Instructors:
Prof. Bruce Walsh, Depts. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Science, Animal Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
Dr. Michael Gore, Associate Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University
Prof. Lucia Gutierrez, Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay

 

 

Module 2: Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding 

Notes

Target audience:  Geneticists and molecular biologists with an interest in classic approaches to plant breeding critical for molecular breeding.
Goals:  An introduction to advanced methods for gene detection, mapping, and selection with a focus on marker-based approaches.
Assumed background:   Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics module or similar background.

Lectures:
(1) Linear Algebra
(2) Multivariate Selection
(3) Index Selection
(4) Mixed Models
(5) Association Mapping in Structured Populations
(6) BLUP
(7) Marker-Assisted and Genomic Selection
(8) G x E 1:  Stability Measures and AMMI
(9) G x E II:  Mixed Models
(10) Summary:  Integrating Classical and Molecular Breeding

Instructors:
Prof. Bruce Walsh, Depts. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Science, Animal Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
Dr. Michael Gore, Associate Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University
Prof. Lucia Gutierrez, Facultad de Agronomia, Universidad de la Republica Montevideo, Uruguay