Title: "Agronomic Mapping in a Commercial Plant Breeding Program"
Speaker: Cherie Ochsenfeld; Quantitative Genetics Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN

Place: Mechanical Engineering (ME) 1130
Date: April 2, 2013; Tuesday
Time: 4:30pm


Biotechnology will be the driver for the next generation of crop improvement to meet the world's future food demands. Marker assisted breeding is a key biotechnology method currently in use within the agriculture community to drive crop improvement. One methodology for determining genetic regions that can be incorporated is genetic trait mapping. Genetic trait mapping involves locating regions of the genome that are associated with the expression of a desired phenotype. This presentation will focus on the statistical, biological and practical components of employing genetic mapping in a commercial agricultural company.

Associated Reading:
Collard, B.C.Y. and D.J. Mackill (2008). "Marker-assisted selection: an approach for precision plant breeding in the twenty-first century." Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B 363: 557-572.

Würschum, T. (2012). "Mapping QTL for agronomic traits in breeding populations." Theoretical and Applied Genetics 125(2): 201-210.

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