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 need of the hour (Nature Biotechnology 30:1172–1176). 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 13, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: Town and Country
Rajeev K Varshney
10:30 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT

10:55 AM
The Influenza Paradigm for Resistance Gene Deployment in Lettuce
Richard Michelmore, Genome Center, University of California; Marilena Christopoulou, Genome Center, University of California; Leah McHale, The Ohio State University; Lorena Parra, University of California Davis; Alexander Kozik, UC Davis Genome Center; Sebastian Reyes Chin-Wo, Genome Center, University of California; Rosa Juliana Gil, Genome Center, University of California; Cayla Tsuchida, University of California, Davis; Maria Jose Truco, Genome Center, University of California; Dean Lavelle, Genome Center, University of California

11:15 AM
Genetic Dissection of Biomass Development in Barley
Andreas Graner, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

11:55 AM
A Practical Heuristic Approach to Marker-Assisted Gene Pyramiding
Herman De Beukelaer, Ghent University; Geert De Meyer, Bayer CropScience NV; Veerle Fack, Ghent University

12:15 PM
12:35 PM
Summary & Wrap-up
Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT

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