Genomic Selection and Genome-Wide Association Studies

Genomic Selection and Genomewide Association Studies (GS+GWAS) are promising areas where genomics technologies are well integrated into plant and animal improvement practices. The great interest in these areas has been clearly demonstrated by the rapid surge of journal publications and citations in plants and animals. A set of pioneering research have established the theoretical foundation of GS+GWAS in crops and animals. Array-based genotyping has also been established in many crop and animal species, facilitating the application of GS in plant and animal improvement. More recently, Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) significantly reduced the cost of genotyping, making regular GS of complex traits possible in many research programs. Besides embedding prediction procedure in the actual breeding populations, various other applications of GS include cultivar/inbred/individual performance prediction, hybrid combination prediction, parental selection, germplasm utilization, across environment prediction, and wild introgression. While thousands of GWAS have been reported in human genetics, research in plant and animals is still very limited. The dramatic increase of sequencing capacity, combined with the development of high throughput phenotypic technologies, would eventually make it feasible to conduct routine GWAS in plants and animals. The audience of this workshop will be plant (field crops, vegetables, and trees) and animal breeders, geneticists (genomics + quantitative genetics + population genetics), physiologists, statisticians, bioinformatics and computer scientists. Frequently used terms include GS, GWAS, GBS, MAS, MARS, QTL mapping, modeling fitting, cross-validation, Bayesian, BLUP, mixed model, ridge regression, population structure, kinship, genetic relationship, SNP, haplotype, breeding cycle, and genetic gain.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM-3:40 PM
Room: Town and Country
Jianming Yu and Dorian J. Garrick
1:30 PM
Welcoming Remarks

1:35 PM
Predicting Yield of Hybrid Rice Using Omics Data
Shizhong Xu, University of California; Qifa Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University

2:00 PM
Advances on Bos indicus (Nellore) Genomics: Integrating Genomic Selection and GWAS Information
Jose Fernando Garcia, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, UNESP - Univ. Estadual Paulista; Yuri Tani Utsunomiya, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, UNESP - Univ. Estadual Paulista; Paolo Ajmone Marsan, Inst. of Zootechnics, Università Cattolica del S. Cuore; Tad S. Sonstegard, Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, USDA-ARS; The Zebu Genome Consortium, The Zebu Genome Consortium

2:25 PM
Selection Mapping: A Powerful Tool for Population Improvement
Tim Beissinger, University of California Davis

2:45 PM
New Developments in Plant Genomic Prediction Models
Jose Crossa, CIMMYT; Gustavo de los Campos, University of Alabama; Paulino Perez-Rodriguez, Colegio de Postgraduado; Sergio Perez-Elizalde, Colegio de Post-Graduado; Osval A. Montesinos-Lopez, Universidad de Colima; Jaime Cuevas, Universidad de Quintana Ro; Marco Lopez-Cruz, CIMMYT INT; Daniel Gianola, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

3:10 PM
Genomic Selection in New Zealand Sheep Using a Mixed-breed Training Set
Ken G. Dodds, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; Benoît Auvray, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago; Michael A Lee, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago; Sheryl-Anne N Newman, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; Suzanne Rowe, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; Patricia L Johnson, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; Shannon Clarke, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; Ricardo Ventura, Beef Improvement Opportunities; Matthew J. Bixley, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd; John McEwan, Invermay Agricultural Centre, AgResearch Ltd

3:35 PM
Concluding Remarks

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