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Quantitative methods in plant breeding


Targeted at both existing and prospective plant breeders from across the world, this annual Quantitative training coursetwo-week intensive postgraduate level training course aims to update practitioners on the role and application of statistical and quantitative genetics in practical plant breeding programmes.

Originally devised at NIAB by Ian Mackay and now in its 12th year, this course is the only intensive training programme of its kind to provide the statistical and genetic background to the wide spectrum of quantitative methods, traditional and new, relevant to plant breeding – from practical trial design and analysis through to the role of modern computer software in marker-assisted selection and association genetics.  

Book your place at our 2019 course, taking place from 18-29 March 2019, or contact Alise Petrie-Symes for further information.


Delegates on our 2018 course:

2018 NIAB Quant course delegates

Delegates from across the world on our 2017 course:

NIAB Quantitative Genetics course - group photo

Delegates from across the world on our 2016 course:

 Delegates from across the world on our 2015 course:

Quantitive Genetics in Plant Breeding - 2015 delegates