Training course on the application of molecular markers

ICRISAT’s Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG), supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India announced its 8th training course on Application of Molecular Markers in Crop Improvement to be held during 8-19 November at Patancheru. ICRISAT-CEG has already trained 160 scientists in seven previous training courses.

File photo of Dr Dar with the participants of seventh training course on Molecular tools for Crop Improvement.

The main subject of the course is the application of molecular markers in crop improvement. Rather than data generation, the major focus of the course will be on the analysis and the use of marker genotyping data.

Using different biometrics and bioinformatics tools, the course will provide hands-on training in sample preparation, experimental design and the data analysis components of molecular markers. Construction of genetic linkage maps, marker-trait association based on linkage mapping procedures and use of decision support systems in molecular breeding will be highlighted in the course. In addition, participants will be exposed to the new advances in genomics, bioinformatics and modern breeding through lectures on association genetics, next generation sequencing, marker-assisted recurrent selection, genomic selection and novel bioinformatics approaches.

The eighth training course is open to mainly Indian scientists. However, a few scientists from developing countries who have demonstrable ability to use the techniques can also apply. Selected Indian participants will be provided with 2nd class AC train fare by the shortest route to and from ICRISAT, and board and lodging at Patancheru. Candidates selected from other developing countries will have to be sponsored by either their organization or other funding agencies for their travel expenses while ICRISAT will take care of their board and lodging at the ICRISAT campus.

Source: ICRISAT Happenings