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 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


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.



David Francis

David Francis is a professor of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University (OSU).  He studied Biology at Pomona College in Claremont, CA and received his PhD in Genetics at the University of California, Davis.  Following post-doctoral research, also at UC Davis, he moved to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center where he was a Research Scientist for four years prior to joining the faculty at OSU.  His program develops and licenses commercially competitive germplasm for the processing tomato industry.  His approach integrates field-based plant breeding with the discovery of sequence variation.  In addition to a strong classical field-based breeding program, his group integrates techniques from quantitative and population genetics to identify novel traits and understand how human selection has shaped contemporary plant varieties.  David is currently president of the National Association of Plant Breeders.  He has been recognized nationally by the United States Department of Agriculture through an “Honor Award for Excellence”.  In his free time, David coaches youth soccer and works on his wife’s vegetable farm.



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