Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
University of California
Seed Biotechnology Center

Breeding with Genomics

A hands-on workshop on software support to marker application in breeding programs including R, the Integrated Breeding Platform and BLUPS.

The course 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.

Course Topics

• Basics of DNA markers
• Quantitative trait loci
• Association Studies
• Transition from maker assisted selection to genomic selection
• Breeding for disease resistance
• Integrated Breeding Platform


This 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. Currently, this course is led by Allen Van Deynze, UC Davis.

Allen Van Deynze, is also the Research Director for the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center. Allen received B.S. and M.s. degrees in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba, Canada and his Ph.D. in plant molecular breeding from the University of Guelph, Canada. He did a postdoctorate in molecular genetics at Cornell University and worked with Monsanto and Celera. Dr. Van Deynze is responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting research and generating and disseminating scientific and informational content for the Center's education and outreach programs.



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