A workshop on association genetics and marker-assisted selection (MAS) was held June 16-18, 2008, at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. The workshop was organized by Gary Muehlbauer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota and project director for the Barley Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP).
The workshop consisted of lectures discussing aspects important to association genetics intermingled with demonstrations of software. Presenters included Kevin Smith and Rex Bernardo, University of Minnesota; Jean-Luc Jannink, USDA–Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Ithaca, NY; and Shiaoman Chao, USDA–ARS, Fargo, ND.
The workshop was attended by 60 professionals from across the country. Attendees included industry personnel, USDA-ARS scientists, and university faculty, post docs, graduate students, and technicians. Student stipends were provided to 10 of the 29 graduate students in attendance.
This workshop helped participants gain understanding of association genetics and empowered participants to utilize these tools for breeding.