Hands-on biometrics training for plant breeding in Nairobi, Kenya
Using sound statistical approaches is one of the most effective ways to increase heritability, response to selection and consequently expected genetic gains. The International Potato Center (CIP) is organizing a biometrics training funded by the OneCGIAR Breeding Resources Initiative and the SweetGAINS BMGF investment implemented by CIP and partners, from 5 till 9 December 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The hands-on training will deal with many important aspects of plant breeding statistics, like modern design of experiments, single and multi-environment trial analysis, understanding target population of environments, genetic gain calculations and the principles of genomic prediction. Following a problem-based learning approach, a large part of the training will consist of working on participants’ own data, to discuss and resolve concrete problems participants experience when analyzing their data.
Experts from Wageningen University & Research will be lecturing the course. The training intends to give the opportunity to scientists from CGIAR centers and NARS partners to further develop and update their biometrics skills, by making progress on their own data analyses, and to stimulate knowledge sharing across crops, and across national partners and CGIAR Centers.
Scientists from CGIAR centers and national partners are encouraged to apply through the registration form not later than September 21st, 2022. Training acceptance includes sponsorship with travel, hotel transport, accommodation, and meals, although co-funding by the participant is encouraged.