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ICRISAT–CEG to hold sixth training course

 ICRISAT's Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG), supported by the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, will host its sixth training course entitled 'Application of genomics technologies in plant breeding, from 16–27 November 2009 at the ICRISAT campus at Patancheru, Greater Hyderabad, India. The course will provide participants a hands-on opportunity to gain expertise in the use of molecular markers (SSRs, SNPs and DArTs), gene/QTL mapping and marker-assisted breeding. The course will focus on the experimental design and data analysis components of molecular markers, rather than the actual marker data generation technology. The course will also introduce concepts and prospects of modern genomics tools such as Next Generation Sequencing technologies, as well as bioinformatics tools and databases in plant breeding. Special attention will be given to the requirements for utilising a high-throughput marker service facility such as the one established at CEG. Since its inception in 2007, CEG has trained more than 100 scientists from India and other developing countries in the application of genomics technologies in crop improvement.


  • The sixth training course is primarily open to Indian scientists, although there will also be a limited number of places for scientists from other developing countries who have a demonstrable ability to use both the techniques taught and the CEG marker services.


  • Selected Indian participants will be provided 2nd class AC train fare by the shortest route to/from ICRISAT plus boarding and lodging at ICRISAT.
  • Candidates selected from other developing countries should source sponsorship from either their home institute or from external funding bodies to support travel expenses; ICRISAT–CEG will cover board and lodging at ICRISAT.

Deadline for submissions: Applications to be submitted online by no later than 15th September 2009

Contact for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Leader, Centre of Excellence in Genomics and Principal Scientist (Applied Genomics), ICRISAT/ Subprogramme Leader, Generation Challenge Programme