PROGRAMMING IN ANIMAL BREEDING

Genomic analyses using single-step methodology

Ignacy Misztal et al.

Future short courses

The next 3-week course is tentatively scheduled at UGA May 7 to 25, 2018. Its outline will be similar to the UGA course taught in 2016 (see below). More information about the course will be available in February. Susan Bradley (susanb@uga.edu) will be in charge of arrangements.

Last one-week course on genomic selection with focus on single-step methodology was organized by Tomasz Strabel in Poland right after the 2015 EAAP meeting in September. See http://www.up.poznan.pl/genomic_course/

The last 3-week course in conjunction with workshop on genomic computing using single-step methodology was held at UGA in 2016. Follow wiki at http://nce.ads.uga.edu/ for class notes, assignments, etc.

Contents: Covered topics include rules to set up mixed models for many models, operations on sparse matrices, and implementations of REML and Gibbs sampling algorithms. New topics cover programming specific to genomic selection with emphasis on single-step methodology. One focus is on easy programming made possible with Fortran 90/95/2003 and matrix modules.  The other focus is on modeling and methodology proven to work at the commercial level.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of mixed models at a matrix level, basic knowledge of programming in any language. Knowledge of Fortran 95 and Unix helpful.