AquaIMPACT training course on Genomic Innovations for Aquaculture Breeding
AquaIMPACT organises a training course and welcomes aquaculture professionals and R&D staff involved in aquaculture breeding to Wageningen Campus in June. The training course focuses on the concepts of genomic selection and demonstrates the effects of applying genomic selection in breeding. Participants should be familiar with concepts of animal breeding and the application of genetic improvement in aquaculture.
Participation to the course is free. All other costs related to participation such as travel, accommodation and subsistence need to be covered by the participant.
June 26-27, 2023
Application via Google form: https://forms.gle/Vdv8ZZPxGNTB2Ske9
The course organizers will send a confirmation email about your registration as long as space is still available.
Minimum/maximum number of participants:
Minimum participants : 10
Maximum participants : 35
Aim and learning goals:
The course focuses on the concepts of genomic selection and demonstrates the effects of applying genomic selection in breeding. Theory will be lectured, a practical computer exercise will allow the participants to experiment with the effects of genomic selection. During the course we will emphasize the effect of genomic selection on the main drivers of selective breeding; accuracy, generation interval, and selection intensity. Genomic tools will be presented as well as strategies to include them in fish breeding programs. All aspects are illustrated with examples from the AquaIMPACT project that applies genomic selection into practical experiments.
Participants should be familiar with concepts of animal breeding and the application of genetic improvement in aquaculture. The course is aimed at professionals and R&D staff involved in aquaculture breeding. Examples of genomic innovations during the course will be particularly relevant for the species that are targeted in the AquaIMPACT project (European sea bass, gilthead sea bream, Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout).
The course will consist of lectures, presentations of genomic selection implementation projects, a practical exercise. There will be ample time for the discussion of presentations and results. Part of the discussion is reserved for questions about application of genomic selection in aquaculture breeding that are be submitted by participants on the registration form.
Participants should bring a laptop with at the minimum a working copy of Microsoft Excel installed.
Provisional program (small changes are still possible):
|Block 1: Monday afternoon|
|13:00 – 13:45||Lecture: Genomic relationships (A vs G)|
|14:00 – 15:00||Exercise (Excel): Accuracy with genomics compared to pedigree relatives|
|15:00 – 15:30||Break|
|15:30 – 17:00||Genomic Selection in practice – I
|17:00 – 17:30||Questions|
|Block 2: Tuesday morning|
|9:00 – 9:30||Lecture: Genomic Technologies|
|9:30 – 10:15||Genomic Selection in practice – II
|10:15 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 11:30||Lecture: Genotype imputation|
|11:30 – 12:00||Genomic Selection in practice – III
|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch|
|Block 3: Tuesday afternoon|
|13:00 – 13:45||Lecture: Breeding programs with genomic selection|
|13:45 – 14:30||Genomic Selection in practice – IV
|14:30 – 15:00||Groups: Potential for implementation of genomic tools in aquaculture breeding programs|
|15:00 – 15:30||Break|
|15:30 – 16:45||Lecture: Selected questions from participants|
|16:45 – 17:00||Evaluation and wrap up|
John Bastiaansen, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Hans Komen, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Antti Kause, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finland
Marc Vandeputte, INRAe, France
Binyam Dagnachew, Nofima, Norway
Christina Kriaridou, The University of Edinburgh