An Introduction to Breeding Strategies & Trial Design for Tree Improvement course

4-8 October 2021

Online 

“We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting an introductory course to Breeding Strategies and Trial Design in Tree Improvement.  Although the context will be forest tree breeding, the principles are applicable to other domains.

The focus of this course will be on development of breeding strategies, classical examples, breeding strategy factors affecting predicted genetic gains and the choice of associated trial design types.

This course will enable participants to interrogate and refine and develop breeding strategies and model the predicted genetic gains from such strategies. The course will also provide guidelines on appropriate trial designs and how to go about designing such trials.”

Registration

• Mentorship programs in breeding and analysis​

• Post- graduate (PhD) assistance & promotion​​

• Courses in Breeding​

Some comments by attendees:

2015: “The diversity of people was very interesting. I met a lot of people and your ideas inspired me. And I enjoyed the wine on Wednesday.”

2015: “Would you recommend the course?: Definitely. Well done on an excellent course! Very relevant and comprehensive. Looking forward to the next one.

2015: “Would you recommend the course?: Definitely. I would highly recommend this course to everyone who needs to know something about breeding. Very intellectually stimulating and well presented.”

2015: “Extremely helpful for my day to day work. A well rounded course that packs a lot into a very short space of time.

2017: “My initial understanding of quantitative genetics has been broadened”

2017: “Breeding Strategies was a highlight for me”

2017: “It was a very informative course, more especially for foresters”

2017: “Course was good, guest lecturers as well. But mostly you give good lectures always capturing our attention. I liked how the course progressed and how it was structured.”

2019: “The training was very informative especially with the current changing climate. There is a possibility of breeding varieties that can adapt to the rapidly changing climate.”

2019: “The course was amazing and very informative.”

2019: ”The course is very informative and will go a long way in improving Tree Improvement strategies within the continent.”

2019: “It is a good course, I will advise everyone who is in forestry to do it.”

2019: “ All aspects of tree breeding were well linked.  However, it was a lot to take in in one week but it is an excellent course.”

2019: “This course gives a broad ideas of study topics to understand better, especially fields that are not your speciality.”

2019: “Steve thanks for listening to all our comments without making us feel inferior and thanks for answering all our questions.”

2019: “The course was good and understandable.”

2019: “Field course: Excellent.  Could see different stages of pollen & how to handle the pollen.”

2019: “Field course: Thank you to the team for sharing your knowledge with us. I learned a lot. It was very interesting.”

2019: “Field course: Recommended for researchers especially at the earliest stages of employment.”

2019: “Field course: Overall a very informative course.”

2020 – “I really enjoyed the training. I was very happy to be trained with experienced people in genetics. Though most of the topics seem to be complicated but you make it as simple as possible.  I am looking forward to attend more courses from your institution”·

2020 – “Help me to understand concepts better, I have done this previously but failed to understand concepts clearly. Now I understand the concept very well”

2020 – “Help me to understand concepts better, I have done this previously but failed to understand concepts clearly. Now I understand the concept very well”
“The overall rate of the course is 5*, so thanks!”
2020 – “This course has made me a better tree breeder than I was on Monday morning”

Some of the courses presented include:​

2020 – Verryn, S.D. and Snedden, C.L. An Introduction to Quantitative Genetics. Online. Creation Breeding Innovations.

2019 – Verryn, S. D. (ed.) (2019). An Introduction to Modern Tree Breeding. Pretoria, Creation Breeding Innovations.

2017 – Verryn, S. D. (ed.) (2017). An Introduction to Modern Tree Breeding.
Pretoria, Creation Breeding Innovations. ​

2015 – Verryn, S., V. Grzeskowiak, et al. (2015). An Introduction to Modern Tree
Breeding. Pretoria, Creation Breeding Innovations.​

2005 – Hettasch, M.H., Lunt, K.A., Pierce, B.T., Snedden, C.L., Steyn, D.J.,
Venter, H.M. and Verryn, S.D.2005. Tree Improvement Course For Managers,
presented in Australia. ​

2005 – Hettasch, M.H., Lunt, K.A., Pierce, B.T., Snedden, C.L., Steyn, D.J., Venter, H.M. and
Verryn, S.D.2005. Tree Breeding Short Course.​

2004 – M. H. Hettasch, C. L. Snedden, Lunt K., B. T. Pierce, and S. D. Verryn 2004.
Practical Data Analysis Tools for Tree Breeders Manual., Pretoria, South
Africa: Environmentek, CSIR. (South Africa)​

2003 – M. H. Hettasch, C. L. Snedden, Lunt K., B. T. Pierce, and S. D. Verryn 2003.
Practical Data Analysis Tools for Tree Breeders Manual., Pretoria, South
Africa: Environmentek, CSIR. (Portugal)​

2001 – Verryn, S. D., Hettasch, M. H., and Pierce, B. T. 2001. Tree Breeding Techniques
Course Manual. In: CSIR, Pretoria. ​

1991 to 2000 – Verryn, S. D., Hettasch, M. H., Pierce, B. T., Snedden, C. L., and Steyn, D.
J. 2000. Specialist Eucalypt Breeding Techniques Course Manual. CSIR,
Pretoria.​(This series of courses in tree breeding has attracted over 100
participants from a total of over 30 different countries since 1991.) ​

1996 – Verryn, S. D. 22-1-1996. Introduction to Best Linear Prediction (BLP). CSIR,
Pretoria. 98pp.​