Entry level training school: Using potato biodiversity in breeding

Lima, Peru

The training school is organized in the framework of the G2P-SOL project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

In this training school you will learn about crop biodiversity and how genetic resources can be used in pre-breeding. The event consists of expert lectures with real life examples of successful incorporation of important traits from wild or native germplasm into elite breeding materials, demonstrations on how to design a crossing block, as well as, hands on training in the usage of essential tools in breeding and germplasm characterization. Modern breeding tools and methods such as diploid breeding, marker assisted selection (MAS), and genome wide association studies (GWAS) will be discussed.

This training school is aimed at:

  • Potato breeders and researchers from Latin America who are interested in potato biodiversity, how to utilize this in breeding, and the use of modern breeding techniques.
  • Fill online form and attach the requested documents until August 31.

The course will be bi-lingual: English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be available during the lectures.

The project can fund a maximum of 20 qualified applicants from the public sector, including:

  • Travel costs
  • Room
  • Board

In addition, 5 qualified applicants can participate at their own expense.

Day 1
Tuesday November 5, 2019

“Conservation and Access to Biodiversity”

  • The CIP Genebank: what we do
  • Distribution of germplasm
  • Tour of the Genebank
  • Characterization of germplasm
  • Phytosanitary quality of genebank germplasm
  • Plant treaty and benefit sharing
Day 2
Wednesday November 6, 2019


  • Incorporating genes from wild relatives
  • Laboratory and greenhouse exercises:
    • Module 1: Crossing
    • Module 2: Evaluating pollen viability
    • Module 3: Ploidy level determination
    • Module 4: Apps for data collection and managemen
Day 3
Thursday November 7, 2019

“Molecular markers, QTL and marker discovery, marker assisted breeding”

  • Molecular characterization of genebank diversity
  • GWAS
  • Marker assisted introgression breeding
  • Diploid breeding
  • Genomic selection

Dr. Noelle Anglin


Dr. Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze


Dr. Norma Manrique


Dr. Glenn Bryan

James Hutton Institute

Dr. Giovanni Giuliano

Agenzia Nazionale Per Le Nuove Tecnologie