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[Maize] ANNOUNCEMENT Synbreed Summer School 2013: "Quantitative Traits: Advanced Topics in Plant and Animal Breeding

Michael Auwers via maize%40net.bio.net (by michael.auwers from tum.de)
Tue Feb 26 14:33:51 EST 2013

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We would very much appreciate it if you could pass this announcement on 
in your organisation/institute or publicise it through the channels at 
your disposal (mailing lists, announcement on web pages etc.).

Synbreed, the Synergistic Plant and Animal Breeding Network, is glad to 
announce the

Synbreed Summer School 2013: "Quantitative Traits: Advanced Topics in 
Plant and Animal Breeding"

which will take place from June 30th to July 12th in Herrsching am 
Ammersee, Germany.

The Synbreed Summer School provides an introduction to the evolution and 
selection of quantitative traits for PhD students and postdoctoral 
researchers in animal and plant breeding. The Summer School will be 
conducted by Bruce Walsh of the University of Arizona, one of the 
leading authorities in this field. The course consists of lectures and 
practical components with hands-on exercises. It is intended
as an introduction to the subject and also covers a number of 
sophisticated approaches to the evolution and selection of quantitative 

The programme of the course:

Day 1: Stats Review
Linear Models
Mixed Models
Bayesian Statistics
MCMC Models

Day 2: Quantitative Genetics Review
Fisher Variance Component
Variance components and their estimation
Inbreeding and heterosis
Line cross analysis

Day 3: Basic Univariate Selection
Basic mass selection
Short-term changes in Variances (Bulmer effect)
Selection on the environmental variance
Mixed model and Bayesian analysis of selection experiments

Day 4: Advanced Univariate Response
Family-based selection
Selection with inbreeding
Selection and the development of pure lines
Selection and cross-breeding
Maternal and Associative effects

Day 5: Population Genetics of selection
Basic Pop genetics of selection
Infinitesimal model
Long-term selection: decay of initial variation
Long-term response: effects of mutation

Day 6: Flex day
Review of previous material, class problems and discussion

Day 7: Multivariate selection
BLUP selection
Multivariate traits
Multivariate breeder's equation
Index selection I: theory

Day 8: Index selection
Index selection 2: Applications –family index
Index selection 3: Applications – MAS
Genomic selection

Day 9: Advanced topics
Stability and Dimension of the G matrix
Selection and G x E: basics
Selection and G x E: Advanced topics
Random Regressions

Day 10: Advanced topics, final discussion
Selection on function-valued traits
Additional topics suggested by class
Review, discussion, summary

Further details are available at the Synbreed website:


Kind regards,

Michael Auwers


Project Coordination Synbreed

Plant Breeding
Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan
Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Emil-Ramann-Str. 4
D-85354 Freising

Tel.: +49 (0)5504 937413
Fax: +49 (0)5504 937412
Mobil: +49 (0)172 8837504
Email: synbreed from tum.de
URL: www.synbreed.tum.de

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