The Genetics and Breeding team contributes to the advancement of the breeding programs of our customers through developing and implementing marker-assisted breeding tools. The team’s scientists provide advice on experimental design of breeding programs for multiple complex traits, including phenotyping design and data analysis. The team also performs advanced statistical genetic analysis and facilitates the integration of these results in breeding programs. Our research leads to the identification of the best individuals based on their phenotypic and genomic composition.

In the Genetics and Breeding team, we are always on top of new methods and algorithms to improve breeding of complex traits via methods including genome-wide association studies (GWAS), Genomic Selection (GS) and Genomic Prediction (GP). We evaluate, implement and optimize such methods to remain frontrunner in the field. In parallel, we investigate and evaluate objective high-throughput phenotyping methods and assist our customers with using and visualizing genomic and phenotypic data for use in their breeding programs.

Our innovations

Lab automation
Lab automation

Lab automation

With increasing sample numbers comes the need for automating the most valuable and most often applied protocols at Genetwister.

14 Mar. 2021 View project
Genomic Selection
Genomic Selection

Genomic Selection

Genomic selection (GS) accelerates achieving genetic gain through shorter breeding cycles and is an alternative to marker-assisted selection. Genetwister implements new breeding schemes and methods that integrate GS for crop improvement.

14 Mar. 2021 View project
Marker discovery
Marker discovery

Marker discovery

Discovery of markers in all plant species by next-generation sequencing for accelerated plant breeding

28 Feb. 2021 View project
Semantic Web
Semantic Web

Semantic Web

To interconnect different knowledge domains, we use different semantic web technologies.

14 Mar. 2021 View project
CROPaware
CROPaware

CROPaware

CROPaware – A web based software platform for breeding and genomics data management.

23 Feb. 2021 View project
Association analysis
Association analysis

Association analysis

Advanced statistical models are needed to increase the power to discover (new) associations between genetic and phenotypic variation.

1 Mar. 2021 View project
High-throughput sequencing and genotyping
High-throughput sequencing and genotyping

High-throughput sequencing and ...

With increasing sample numbers and marker panel sizes, it is valuable to increase the throughput of sequencing and genotyping procedures. Genetwister develops cost-effective methods and applies available methods for allowing high-throughput genomics.

4 Feb. 2021 View project