Breeding scheme optimization toolbox

To maximize the genetic gain and productivity achieved per dollar invested in breeding pipelines, it is necessary to continuously improve the various subprocesses that make up each breeding scheme. The goal of this toolbox is to share know-how and software tools for breeding scheme optimization with the breeding community.


Breeding scheme: Refers to the cross numerical and graphical description of the different crossing, evaluation and selection decisions.

Breeding program: is the research effort from trait development to handover of advanced products to national trials or the release of products in the marketplace (includes trait development, population improvement & product evaluation). 

Breeding pipeline: is the sum of the research effort focused on a given market segment.



Recent entries

Simplified definitions of crop breeding terms to be used with people unfamiliar with plant breeding
The rapid cycle genomic selection (RCGS) archetype, developed by Accelerated Breeding Initiative’s ACCELERATE Work Package, seeks to enable selection and recycling of new parents as fast as possible.
Linking data management systems to analytics is an important step in breeding digitalization.
Tool to record and manage breeding schemes, market segments and product profiles.
Training webinar to introduce the basics of genomic selection and the different scenarios in which this methodology can be used.
GitLab repositorium for AlphaSimR, an app for addressing multiple simulation questions for designing breeding programs.
A tool for selection using indices.