Training on Genomic Selection

An advanced course on Genomic Selection has been co-organised by two on-going projects BreedWheat and PeaMUST, in Dijon from 10th to 12th December 2014. This Advanced Course aimed to give researchers and engineers involved in plant breeding a firm grounding in the use of the latest methods for the new breeding technology: genomic selection. The course covered both theoretical and practical aspects.
The program of the course was:

  • Introduction to Genomic Selection methods, comparison between pea and wheat by Mathieu SIOL (INRA Dijon, Départements Santé des plantes et environnement, et Biologie et Amélioration des Plantes)
  • Statistic methods used for genomic selection by Brigitte MANGIN (INRA Toulouse, Département Mathématiques et informatique appliquées)
  • Practical work 1: Tools in R for the Genomic Selection by Mathieu SIOL, Van Giang TRAN and Gilles CHARMET (INRA Clermont-Ferrand,Département Biologie et amélioration des plantes)
  • Practical work 2: Factors influencing prediction accuracy in Genomic Selection by Bruno GOFFINET (INRA Toulouse, Département Génétique animale), Gilles CHARMET, Van Giang Tran et Renaud RINCENT (INRA Clermont-Ferrand, Département Biologie et amélioration des plantes)
  • GnpIS-SG Application by Delphine STEINBACH (INRA Versailles, Département Biologie et amélioration des plantes)
  • Methods to take into account genotype by environment interactions for Genomic Selection by Gilles CHARMET
  • Optimization of reference populations by Renaud RINCENT
  • Discussion: how to facilitate and to succeed in the use of genomic selection methods by Gilles CHARMET and Mathieu SIOL

Anne-Lise Brochot (Project manager of PeaMUST), Emmanuelle Lagendijk (Project manager of Breedwheat), Annabelle Larmure (teaching task leader of PeaMUST), Mathieu SIOL (involved in PeaMUST) and Gilles Charmet (leader of BreedWheat WP4) co-organized the course.
32 persons attended the training course: 7 from PeaMust Partners, 15 from Breedwheat partners and 10 from both projects. The participants came from different professions: Plant breeding company (Agri-Obtentions, Bayer, Caussade semences, Limagrain Momont, RAGT2n Syngenta, Vilmorin), Research (INRA), Technology transfer (Wellience), Varieties experimentation (GEVES) and Extension services (Arvalis).

The course was evaluated as good on the on-line reply form proposed to the participants (15 answers) for its scientific content (4/5) and its teaching quality (3.6/5). Improvements for future genomic courses were also suggested.