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Mixed model QTL mapping course at ESALQ/USP, Brazil

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Application deadline: December 2nd, 2010

A course, entitled ‘Introduction to mixed model QTL mapping using GenStat’ has been organised by the Department of Genetics, Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Quieroz” (ESALQ) / Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Wageningen University (WUR) & GCP’s IBP, and will be taking place from 13–15 December, 2010, at the Department of Genetics, ESALQ/USP, Piracicaba, Brazil.

IMPORTANT: classes will be in English, without translation.

The course will include both theory lectures and practical sessions that will allow attendants to become familiar with the details of the actions required to perform a QTL analysis in GenStat using Windows’ dialogues and in R using source code. The practicals will also serve to learn how to interpret QTL mixed model analysis output.

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Perform a QTL analysis for a wide array of single populations, for single and multiple environments, and single and multiple traits
  • Use various inference procedures for assessing QTL evidence
  • Report QTL locations and effects


  • Fred van Eeuwijk, Professor in Applied Statistics
  • Marcos Malosetti, Assistant Professor in Applied Statistics
  • Martin Boer, Senior Scientist Quantitative Genetics


Postgraduate students and professionals interested in a flexible QTL mapping approach, applicable in standard situations (SIM, CIM) as well as more specialized situations (multi-environment QTL mapping, QTLxE, multi-trait QTL mapping, association mapping, in- and outbreeders). It is recommended that course participants have some familiarity with mixed models and quantitative genetics. Researchers participating in activity 3.2.4 of GCP’s Integrated Breeding Platform initiative are particularly invited to attend this course.


The course fees are BRL 150.00 (about USD 90) for students (ID required), BRL 150.00 for members of the GCP-IBP, and BRL 250 (about USD 150) for professionals.


For further details, contact Prof. Dr. Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration and notification

There will be previous selection of applications, with a maximum number of 40 participants. Students and researchers belonging to the Integrated Breeding Platform of the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP-IBP) and/or to the graduate programme in Genetics and Plant Breeding (ESALQ/USP) will receive preferential treatment. For registration, send an email (in English) to A Augusto F Garcia ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) naming your institute and stating the reasons why you want to take the course.

On December 4th applicants will be notified of the final decision and will receive instructions about how to pay the fee.

For more information about this course, please visit the course information page at the Department of Genetics (ESALQ/USP).