Tools for Polyploids Training Workshop 2022

          The Tools for Genomics-Assisted Breeding in Polyploids: Development of a Community Resource will hold its second Tools for Polyploids Training Workshop on January 13-14th of 2022. The workshop will be held as a hybrid meeting with the in-person meeting held at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, CA, USA. It is designed to help those involved in any aspect of polyploid crop breeding incorporate the power of genomic data into a breeding program to accelerate breeding gain. Thus, all those involved in polyploid crop breeding and genetics are invited to attend. The schedule of events will be the following: 

  • Computational Support: There will be three two-hour computational support sessions held in December before the 2022 Training Workshop. The purpose of these sessions is two-fold. First, to answer questions about the presentations from the 2021 Training Workshop. This is to allow those who missed the 2021 Training Workshop and those who want to review an opportunity to ask questions. It is strongly suggested that you view the presentations from the previous workshop that are available on our YouTube channel before the session. Second, to aid participants with any software installation or use issues. These questions will be fielded at all 3 sessions. It is recommended that all participants download the programs they would like to use along with the associated dummy datasets before the January 13th session.  The web page and Slack channel set up for the Tools for Genomics-Assisted Breeding of Polyploids project has links to resources to learn R and all the relevant programs. The Slack channel is managed by a team that can help you troubleshoot any problems you might have working with the computational tools discussed. The sessions will be the following:
    • Dec. 7, 2021 - Genotype Calling (12pm - 2 pm CST)
    • Dec. 14, 2021 - Linkage Analysis (12pm - 2pm CST)
    • Dec. 21, 2021, QTL Analysis (12pm - 2pm CST)


          The Tools for Polyploids Training Workshop is a 2-day event with snacks and lunch provided. For those registering for the in-person event, there will be a $50 registration fee. The general topics covered are described below. 

  • January 13th, Introduction and Updates of Linkage and QTL Analysis Tools: The session will begin with a short introduction to the workshop and a tour through the Polyploid Tools Community Resource Website. The next session will focus on Updates and the comparison of the Linkage and QTL Analysis Computational Tools. The next session will be "Office Hours" to allow further questions and hands-on practice of the computational tools. There will be oral and poster presentations by Users to explore the successes and challenges of the software throughout the day. 
  • January 14th, Genomic Selection, Haplotype Assembly, and Simulation Tools: This day starts with the Wageningen group stepping us through the simulation tools they have developed to better understand the consequences of various breeding decisions. Next, the work being done in New Zealand on the haplotype assembly using sequencing data will be introduced. Finally, the focus will go to Genomic Selection. We will have an overview followed by case studies in potato and blueberry.  The session will finish with time for additional questions participants may have.  There will be oral and poster presentations by Users to explore the successes and challenges of the software throughout the day.
          We will be tracking the knowledge and satisfaction of the Tools for Polyploids Training Workshops; thus, it is imperative that you complete the pre-conference and post-conference surveys. The information from the pre-conference survey is to establish the organization type, expertise, crop type, major traits of interest, and experience with specific software of the Training Workshop participants. The survey results will be summarized without identifying individual responses. These will be kept confidential. 

Training Workshop Guide

          We have prepared a workshop guide with the full agenda with presenter information, hotel recommendations, parking information, and more which is available for download here. 

Abstract Submissions and Oral and Poster Presentation Guidelines

          All abstract submissions are due by December 15, 2021. Each presenter will be given a poster board with a useable area measuring 32" x 40." Use the links above for full details on abstract submissions and poster presentation guidelines.

Travel Grant Application

          This project is awarding 25 travel grants of $1,000 each which are on a reimbursement basis. Decisions will be made weekly until all grants are awarded. All applications must be submitted by December 15, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions

          San Diego State University is requiring all attendees who are visiting campus to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within a week of coming to campus. Masks are also required when in campus buildings. All in-person attendees are required to send a photo of their vaccination card or negative COVID-19 test result to the project coordinator, Delany Baum, at prior to coming to campus.

Registration and Survey Form – Begin the registration process below.

          Registration for the in-person meeting must be done by December 20, 2021, and for the virtual meeting by January 10, 2022. Shortly after you are registered you will receive an email to confirm your registration and to receive the Zoom link for the virtual meeting. 

For those attending in person, a $50 registration fee is required to cover expenses such as catering. Please use this link to continue to the payment page.

        On the Delivery page, ignore the login prompt and only fill out the address information then, click Check Out as Guest. 

Please click the "Next" button to proceed to the Registration and Survey Form. Once you start, the form takes roughly 10 minutes to complete. You are able to save your progress and come back later.