Genotyping / sequencing tools and services
Excellence in Breeding Platform partners join forces to obtain lower cost services.
Genotyping/ Sequencing Tools and Services
Michael (Mike) Olsen has 14 years of private sector experience in conventional and molecular maize breeding as part of Syngenta and Monsanto North America breeding teams. Presently, as trait pipeline and upstream research coordinator at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), he leads the molecular breeding team of the Global Maize Program and provides strategic direction to upstream research efforts. He is currently serving as project lead for Improved Maize for African Soils (IMAS), a multi-institutional public-private partnership to develop maize varieties with improved performance under low fertility conditions common in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also principal investigator for the Genomic Open-source Breeding and Informatics Initiative (GOBII), at Cornell University – U.S., to enable routine use of genomic data in applied CGIAR breeding programs through integration of appropriate infrastructure, databases, analysis pipelines, and user interfaces.
Faster and cheaper genotyping and sequencing services have opened up the wealth of diversity in crop and animal varieties for study, and when applied effectively have the potential to accelerate the rate at which new varieties can be developed.
The genotyping/sequencing module supports Platform members to access user-validated, application-appropriate genotyping services and technologies by:
- Aggregating demand and brokering access lower-cost, user validated genotyping services.
- Documenting use cases and incorporating expert knowledge for users to be accessed through the Platform Toolbox.
The Bioinformatics, biometrics and data management module supports users to manage and apply genotypic data in breeding programs.