By Luis Narro and Janeth Bolaños/ CIMMYT
CIMMYT’s office in Colombia, in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), organized the Genetic Analysis and Plant Breeding course from 23-27 June. This course has been offered in Australia, China and Mexico and reviews plant breeding methods as well as quantitative genetics, development of linkage maps, quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping, identification of genes with quantitative effect and epistasis, analysis of the interaction QTL x environment and integration of the knowledge of the action of genes in conventional breeding.
CIMMYT scientist Dr. Jiankang Wang, based in Beijing, facilitated the course with funding from the HarvestPlus Challenge Program. While the course has been offered 10 times, this is the first to include genetic analysis of vegetative propagation species, which are important for CGIAR centers working with cassava, potatoes and sweet potatoes.