IPK Summer School of Modern Crop Genetics

September 4th till 8th, 2017 at IPK


The IPK summer school provides a comprehensive overview on how plant genetic resources can be a valuable resource for the discovery of high yielding and stress-resistant varieties in modern agriculture. In order to understand the stages of development, you will get to know various techniques and approaches to dissect the genetic basis of a trait of interest.


You will start with crossing of barley and embryogenic pollen cultures to generate homozygous double haploids. You will get deep insights in advanced phenotyping and genotyping techniques. The generated data will be used for QTL (quantitative trait locus) mapping and GWAS (genome wide association study) analysis. Finally, the identified candidate genes will be located by single copy FISH (Fluorescence in situ hybridization) and you will investigate the evolution of a domestication locus.


Preliminary schedule

September 4th:  Using old varieties and modern tools to develop advanced breeding material

September 5th:  Phenomics

September 6th:  Sequencing & applications

September 7th:  Basics of QTL analysis

September 8th:  Cytogenetics & Phylogenetic analysis


Guest speakers

Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising (University of Düsseldorf, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Klaus Pillen (University of Halle, Germany)

Dr. Joanne Russell (James Hutton Institute, Scotland)

Dr. Llorenç Cabrera-Bosquet (INRA Montperllier, France)

Dr. Jon Falk (Saaten-Union, Germany)

Dr. Olivier Loudet (INRA Versailles, France; invited speaker)