Seed World

Breeding with Genomics Course Set for February

The University of California, Davis, Seed Biotechnology Center is hosting its 7th Breeding with Genomics class on Feb. 16-18, 2016. This year, the course will host hands-on workshops on software support to marker application in breeding programs including the Integrated Breeding Platform and BLUPs.

The program is aimed at professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in plant breeding and germplasm improvement. It is 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 gen­erate are applied in breeding programs.

The course covers basics of DNA markers, quantitative trait loci, association studies and genomic selection. Instructors, experts in application of genomics to plant breeding, include: Allen Van  Deynze, Kent Bradford, Jorge Dubcovsky, Amanda Hulse, Richard Michelmore, Alison Van Eenennaam, UC Davis; Shawn Yarnes, Integrated Breeding Platform; and David Francis, The Ohio State University.

The early-bird registration is available until Dec. 15, 2015. For further information please visit or contact Sally Mohr (