Breeding scheme optimization

As of 2022, this work is delivered primarily through CGIAR Initiative on Accelerated Breeding, Work Package 5 ACCELERATE.


With either a change in access to resources or with the introduction of new technologies, tools or services to a breeding pipeline, there is a need to adjust the breeding scheme to achieve the highest possible rate of genetic gain. Module 2 works with breeding teams to optimize breeding schemes, respond appropriately to changes in resources and to extract maximum value from implementation of new technologies, tools or services to the breeding process. Optimization of breeding schemes will for example help breeders with important decisions such as crossing strategies, parent selection, appropriate population sizes, line development strategies, line testing strategies, how selection for secondary or predictive traits can bring value, how to integrate marker assisted selection and/or genomic selection to the breeding pipeline, etc.