This training is a professional development course designed by the Excellence in Breeding (EiB) Platform to increase the skillset of plant breeders to design breeding schemes. Across the public and private sector there is a gap on how to design breeding schemes and instead breeding schemes are normally inherited from one breeder to the other. EiB’s Module 2 and collaborators from seed industry have addressed this issue by developing and making this training available.
This tool aims to help breeding professionals to formalize the market segments, product profiles and breeding schemes associated to their breeding program(s). It serves as repository of valuable information that can be used for different purposes, e.g. discussions with leadership on proper targets, level of investment in different markets, breeding scheme optimization discussions to allocate resources more efficiently, share information with partners remotely, among others. The resulting documents can be considered the “blueprints” of the design step in the breeding process.
In this Story of Excellence, Vivian Polar (CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers & Bananas and the Gender and Breeding Initiative) shared how G+ Tools are being used to help plant breeders interpret gender research to create varieties that meet the needs of women and other farmers.
In this Story of Excellence, Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze (the International Potato Center, CIP) shares how CIP is optimizing and scaling up genotyping to accelerate breeding while maintaining low costs.
In this Story of Excellence, Juan Arbelaez (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Maribel Cruz (Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice) present their work on genetic and phenotypic characterization of rice grain quality traits to define breeding strategies for improving rice milling, appearance, and cooking qualities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A new costing tool is helping national breeding programs get the financial data needed to improve their efficiency, effectiveness and transparency. And now, in its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, CGIAR Excellence in Breeding (EiB) has prepped six African National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) to fully cost their programs.
Genomic selection/prediction is becoming an important tool to maximize genetic gain in breeding programs. The method covers multiple ways to improve different aspects of the breeders’ equation.
Parthiban Prakash presents the current state of genomic prediction application in the rice program at IRRI located in the Philippines. Prakash covers the application of GS to increase accuracy and change selection intensity in the IRRI rice program, discusses current plans to reduce cycle time and the challenges of implementing GS in an ongoing program.
Giovanny Covarrubias-Pazaran (EiB) presents the genomic prediction workshop and outlines the topics to be covered and guest speakers.
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