Training course “Phenotypic plasticity and norms of reaction modelling”

Course date: October 5-7, 2021

This is one of three B4EST training courses to deliver key scientific results and tools via hands-on training events, targeting researchers, Master and PhD students and post-doctorate fellows. The course is co-organized by the SLU Breeding Network and the SLU Industry Research School of Forest Genetics, Biotechnology, and Breeding.

The training course is organized into three consecutive days, including six lectures, plus several case studies about 75 minutes per lecture/case study (3.5-4 hours per day), using Zoom as a meeting format. Some lecturers will give their lecture from North America and hands-on demonstration with R will be included in some lectures.

The following course instructors will hold the course: Harry Wu/Zhiqiang Chen (SLU, Sweden), Tongli Wang (UBC, Canada), Tore Skrøppa/Arne Steffenrem (NIBIO, Norway), Laurent Bouffier (INRAE, France), Philippe Rozenberg (INRAE, France), Marie Denis (CIRAD, France), Jean-Marc Gion/Alexandre Bosc (CIRAD/INRAE, France), Maurizio Marchi (CNR, Italy).

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Tentative Schedule

Each day will start at 9:00 and finish around 17:30 Central Europe Time (CET).

Day 1 (5th, October)

Lecture 1: From genotype by environment interactions to norm of reactions (Wu) (9:00-10:30)

Lecture 2: Climate modelling (Marchi) (10:45-12:15)

Lecture 3: Response functions – norm of reactions (Wang) (16:00-17:30)

Day 2 (6th, October)

Case study 1: Norway spruce (Skrøppa & Chen) (10:45-12:15)

Chen: Local adaptation and plasticity of Norway spruce tree height

Lecture 4: Bayesian varying coefficient model with selection: An application to functional mapping (Denis) (14:15-15:45)

Lecture 5: Integration of genetic and environmental effects into a linear mixed model or a universal response function (URF) (Wang) (16:00-17:30)

Day 3 (7th, October)

Case study 2: New modeling method on plasticity and norm of reaction for Larch and Douglas-fir (Rozenberg) (9:00-10:30)

Case study 3: Norm of reaction and genomic selection for Maritime pine (Bouffier & Papin) (10:45-12:15)

Case study 4: Reaction norms related to tree water status: a case study in eucalyptus and maritime pine (Bosc & Gion) (13:15-14:45)

A training report will be produced for the funding organization after the training course is completed. A certificate of training completion will be issued to each participant who completes the course.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773383.

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