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Crop Biotech Update

9th ICRISAT-CEG Training Course on Molecular Plant Breeding

August 26, 2011

The ICRISAT's Center of Excellence in Genomics, supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India,  announces its 9th Training course on Molecular Plant Breeding for Crop Improvement on 7-18 November 2011 at the ICRISAT Campus at Patancheru, Greater Hyderabad, India.  More details on these courses are available at

The major focus of the 9th CEG Training Course will be on analysis and the use of marker genotyping data rather than on data generation. Course will include presentations and/or hands-on training on these topics:  overview of molecular marker technology especially SSRs and SNPs, experimental design and data analysis components of phenotypic traits, construction of linkage maps, marker-trait association based on linkage mapping, marker-assisted backcrossing (MABC), marker assisted recurrent selection (MARS), genome-wide selection (GWS), and use of decision support tools in modern breeding. The course participants will also be introduced to high-throughput genotyping platforms like DArT, BeadXpress system, etc.

Course is open to mainly Indian scientists however, few scientists from developing countries who have demonstrable ability to use the techniques taught can also apply. Interested candidates can submit their applications online at on or before 25 September 2011.

For further details or queries, contact Rajeev Varshney, Leader, Centre of Excellence in Genomics at or KDV Prasad, Training Officer at