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PGB’s New Content Coordinator and Links to New Webinar Recordings

Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice is pleased to announce our new content coordinator, Shawn Yarnes.

Shawn joins the project via Ohio State University from her home base, UC Davis, where she recently completed post-doctoral work with Allen VanDeynze. She has a background in QTL discovery and disease resistance breeding in a variety of crop and tree species.  Feel free to contact her with any questions you may have about PBG content at

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SolCAP Workshop at PAA 2012 Webinar

This webinar is a selected portion of a live broadcast of the SolCAP workshop at the 96th Annual Potato Association of America Meeting in Denver, Colordo.

Breeding In a Genomics Era: State of the Art and New Opportunities – Live from ASHS 2012

This webinar is a selected portion of a live broadcast of a colloquim featuring SolCAP project members at the 2012 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) conference in Miami, Florida.

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New Webinar: Live from PAA 2012 the SolCAP Workshop

Join the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a live broadcast from the Potato Association of America Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Title: SolCAP Workshop Live from PAA 2012

Day: August 12, 2012

Time: 3pm to 7pm Eastern Time (-500 GMT), 2pm to 6pm Central Time, 1pm to 5pm Mountain Time, 12pm to 4pm Pacific Time



A Century of Potato Breeding: Improvement, Diversification, and Diversity. Candace Hirsch.

Seeking and Verifying Candidate Genes on the Infinium 8303 Potato SNP Array. Richard Veilleux.

SNP Mapping and QTL Analysis in a Tetraploid Mapping Population. David Douches.

A Case Study: What to Do When Your SNP Data Set Arrives. Sarah Braun.

A New User's Experience with TetraploidMap and SolCAP SNPs for QTL Analysis in Potato. Jaebun Park.

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New Webinar: Live from ASHS 2012 - Breeding for a Genomics Era

Please join the Plant Breeding and Genomics Community of Practice for a special event, live from the ASHS 2012 conference in Miami, Florida.

Title: Breeding In a Genomics Era: State of the Art and New Opportunities - Live from ASHS 2012

Day: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Time: 2pm to 6pm Eastern Time (-500 GMT)




Mapping Economically Important Traits In Tetraploid Potato Using Genome-Wide SNPs. David Douches.

The Population Genetics of Human Selection During 100 Years of Tomato Breeding: Implications to Gain Under Selection. David Francis.

Successful DNA-Informed Breeding for Tree Fruit: The Rosbreed Experience. Cameron P. Peace.

Leveraging the Cacao Genome for the Identification of Genes Regulating Important Agronomic Traits. J.C. Motamayor.

Experience with Genome Wide Selection In Maize. Rex Bernardo.

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Watch Plant Breeding and Genomics Webinar Recordings!

Full-length and bite-sized recordings are now available from recent PBG webinars

UC Davis Professional Courses: Seed Business 101- Field Crops & UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy

Seed Business 101 Field Crops

Attracting and retaining talented new employees is a critical challenge for the seed industry. The Seed Business 101SM course was created with input from industry executives to accelerate the careers of promising new employees and young managers. The course has been attended by more than 100 people since its launch in fall of 2010. The course also offers invaluable insights and perspective to seed dealers and companies offering products and services to the seed industry, including seed treatments, crop protection, seed enhancement and technology, machinery and equipment, etc. Seed Business 101 is one week course designed to expose the participants to the five functional areas of a seed company (R&D, production, operations, sales and marketing; and administration). By creating a virtual seed company and case studies for each functional area, the course content is delivered in a very interactive way. The course gives employees that are new to the seed industry a broad understanding of the major aspects of a seed company’s operations and cross-departmental knowledge of best practices for profitability. The course is taught by widely respected industry executives with additional help of industry experts participating as guest speakers. Registrations are now being accepted for the Seed Business 101SM Field Crops, June 11-15, 2012, in Minneapolis. Register before April 16th, 2012 to take advantage of the early registration discount. For course details, testimonials and registration please visit SB 101 or contact Jeannette Martins at

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy- a Premium Professional Certificate Program for Plant Breeders. Class IV starts in September 2012

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a premium professional certificate program that covers the fundamentals and the most recent developments in plant breeding theory and practice. Employers appreciate the opportunity to provide their valued employees advanced training without disrupting their full-time employment. Participants attend six 6-day sessions. The instructors are internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology. The upcoming PBA class IV starts in September 2012. Adding Rita Mumm, the Director or Illinois Plant Breeding Center, as a core lecturer; and partnering with software developers (Dr. Tomerius, Phenome-Networks) will strengthen the delivery of our program.The course will maintaining the core curriculum delivered in the previous three classes and add modules to address the most recent development in plant breeding theory and practice, including an expanded section on molecular marker use, genome selection, non-replicated designs and GxE, using marker and pedigrees for prediction of breeding value, etc.

Applications are now being accepted for the Class IV. We can extend our early bird discount is available for registrations before April 30th, 2012. Visit for more information and registration.

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Tomato Breeders Roundtable (TBRT) - February 6-8 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Tomato Breeder’s Roundtable started as an informal meeting of tomato breeders in 1955. Over the past five decades the TBRT has become an important meeting for the international tomato research and breeding community. The informal characteristics of the TBRT which has been preserved over five decades, offers a great forum for participants to discuss the latest developments in tomato breeding and associated technology.

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New Learning Modules Available

PBG is pleased to announce publication of two new learning modules

The 15 part series of forest tree breeding learning modules can be accessed from:

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Mapping & QTL Analysis: Curriculum Page & Webinar

Want to learn more about mapping and QTL analysis? If so, visit the Plant Breeding and Genomics Mapping and QTL Analysis Curriculum page for links to learning modules, tutorials, and case studies.

To learn even more, join Dave Douches and Joe Coombs from Michigan State University for a webinar on Thursday April 5th from 1-2pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Dave and Joe will discuss the generation of a tetraploid map for potato using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified in the Solanaceae Coordinated Agricultural Project (SolCAP). They will demonstrate high-throughput SNP calling in a tetraploid and introduce some of the issues inherent in tetraploid genetics and mapping.

To register for the webinar, go to or and click on the webinar title to follow the link to the registration page. Advanced registration for the live webinars is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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NAPB Annual Meeting, August 6-8, 2012 in Indianapolis

The National Association of Plant Breeders will hold its annual meeting August 6-8, 2012 in Indianapolis, with the theme of “Sustaining Life through Plant Improvement”. The annual meeting is an opportunity for breeders and allied scientists to stay updated on recent innovations in plant science and to discuss public policy issues relevant to plant breeding. The meeting also provides an important venue for graduate students to present their research, meet with potential employers, and become acquainted with plant breeding graduate students from other universities. This year’s meeting will be hosted by Dow AgroSciences.

More information and registration for the meeting is available at Early registration ends June 1.

NAPB is an organization of public and private sector individuals associated with or interested in the science or business of plant breeding. It is a strong proponent for maintaining and enhancing public plant breeding and plant breeding education programs.

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Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance Symposium

Colorado State University researchers are hosting the second biannual Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance Symposium

When: June 21-22, 2012

Where: Fort Collins, CO


The meeting will consist of stimulating presentations on plant breeding, genetics and physiology of drought stress by invited speakers. Keynote speaker John Passioura, Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Division of Plant Industry in Canberra, Australia


  • John Passioura, CSIRO, “Phenotyping for drought tolerance: when is it useful to plant breeders”
  • John Boyer, DuPont Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware, “Water deficits and yield in maize”
  • Tom Juenger, University of Texas at Austin, “Exploring physiological and genomic responses to soil drying in switchgrass”
  • Amelia Henry, International Rice Research Institute, “Root traits behind major-effect drought-yield QTLs in rice”
  • Eduardo Blumwald, University of California at Davis, “Cytokinin-induced modifications of source-sink relationships lead to enhanced crop stress tolerance”
  • Sean Cutler, University of California at Riverside, “Targeting the ABA signaling pathway for improved plant stress tolerance”
  • Jill Deikman, Monsanto, “Developing corn with improved yields under water deficit stress using biotechnology”
  • Andy Pereira, University of Arkansas, “Systems level analysis of drought stress response interactions with growth and yield”
  • Mark Cooper, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., “Breeding for drought tolerance: Taking aim at target environments”
  • Louise Comas, USDA-ARS, “Root dynamics and functioning governed by biological and environmental factors”
  • Dave Des Marais, University of Texas, “The genomic basis of local adaptation to climate in Arabidopsis”
  • Lisa Donovan, University of Georgia - Discussion leader

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