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 30:11721176). 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 12, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: Town and Country
Rajeev K Varshney
10:30 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT

10:35 AM
Using Molecular Annotations to Find the SNPs for Breeding
Edward S. Buckler, Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University; Eli Rodgers-Melnick, Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University; and the Maize Diversity Project, Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University

11:15 AM
Genomics and Drought Tolerance in Wheat
Peter Langridge, Australian Centre of Plant Functional Genomics

11:35 AM
Genomic Prediction in Wheat and Maize Breeding Populations
Jose Crossa, CIMMYT; Paulino Perez-Rodriguez, Colegio de Postgraduado; Gustavo de los Campos, Michigan State University; Jessica Rutkoski, Cornell University & CIMMYT; Jesse Poland, Kansas State University; Ravi P. Singh, CIMMYT; Jaime Cuevas, Universidad de Quintana Ro; Xuecai Zhang, CIMMYT; Yoseph Beyene Aydagn, CIMMYT

11:55 AM
Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Nematode Resistance in Soybeans
Ki-Seung Kim, University of Missouri; Dan Qiu, University of Missouri; Li Song, University of Missouri; Tri D. Vuong, University of Missouri; Juexin Wang, University of Missouri; Trupti Joshi, University of Missouri; J. Grover Shannon, University of Missouri; Henry T. Nguyen, University of Missouri

12:15 PM
The Genomic & Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative
Kelly Robbins, Cornell University; Edward S. Buckler, USDA-ARS-Cornell University; Jean-Luc Jannink, Cornell University; Tobias Kretzschmar, International Rice Research Institute; Lukas Mueller, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research; Yaw A. Nti-Addae, Cornell University; Michael S. Olsen, CIMMYT; Mark E Sorrells, Cornell University; Qi Sun, Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University; Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT; Susan McCouch, Cornell University

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

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