Genomics-Assisted Breeding

About the workshop: In recent years, a truly impressive number of advances in genetics and genomics have greatly enhanced our understanding of structural and functional aspects of plant genomes. The complete genome sequences have become available for many crop species now. Due to advances in next generation sequencing technologies, it is possible to re-sequence mapping populations as well as germplasm collections in large numbers. In addition to routinely used linkage mapping and marker-assisted selection (MAS) approaches, several novel genetic and genomics tools/approaches such as genome-wide association studies (GWAS), marker-assisted recurrent selection (MARS), genomic selection (GS), functional genomics, etc. offer the possibilities to examine and utilize the structural as well as functional genetic variation in crop breeding. Holistic approach of enhancing the prediction of the phenotype from a genotype using genomics tools/approaches has been termed as 'genomics assisted breeding' (GAB) (Trends Plant Sci 10: 621 630). In fact, genomics assisted breeding has already shown its potential for crop improvement in several cereal species (Trends Biotech 24:490-499) and also in few legume species (Plant Breeding Rev 33:257-304). A critical assessment of the status and availability of genomic resources and genomics research in crop plant species and devising the strategies and approaches for effectively exploiting genomics research for crop improvement is the main objective of this workshop. Genomics specialists having extensive experience in applying genomics in breeding from both public and private sectors share their experience and propose novel ideas in this workshop to use GAB in an efficient manner.
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: Town and Country
Rajeev Kumar Varshney
10:30 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT

10:35 AM
Genetic Architecture of Quantitative Disease Resistance Revealed By Genome-Wide Association Scan in Wheat
Schichen Wang, Kansas State University; Katherine Jordan, Kansas State University; Seifollah P. Kiani, Kansas State University; Matthew J. Hayden, Department of Primary Industries Victoria; Shuyu Liu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research; P. Stephen Baenziger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Robert L. Bowden, USDA-ARS; Eduard Akhunov, Kansas State University

11:15 AM
Breeding Informatics for Crop Improvement: Current Status and Prospects
Yunbi Xu, CIMMYT/CAAS; Jianmin Wan, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; B.M. Prasanna, CIMMYT - International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre

11:35 AM
Genomic Selection: Training Populations and GxE
Mark E Sorrells, Cornell University; Jean-Luc Jannink, USDA, Cornell University; Nicolas Heslot, Cornell University

11:55 AM
A Systems Biology Approach to Study Genotype Environment Interactions and Develop a Biomarker Based on Gene Expression in Sunflower
Nicolas Langlade, Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Micro-organismes (LIPM) - INRA/CNRS; Gwenaelle Marchand, INRA LIPM; David Rengel, INRA LIPM; Didier Varès, INRA LIPM; Nicolas Blanchet, Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Micro-organismes (LIPM) - INRA/CNRS; Marie-Claude Boniface, Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Micro-organismes (LIPM) - INRA/CNRS; Baptiste Mayjonade, Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Micro-organismes (LIPM) - INRA/CNRS; Stephane Munos, INRA LIPM; Brigitte Mangin, INRA (UR875 BIA); Patrick Vincourt, INRA LIPM

12:15 PM
Applying the Reference Genome to Cotton Breeding
Andrew H. Paterson, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, University of Georgia

12:35 PM
Summary & Wrap-up
Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT

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