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

Experimental Design
Experimental Design

Experimental Design

Appropriate experimental design and data analysis of breeding trials are essential. Genetwister offers assistance in the experimental design, taking into account all practical considerations of the breeding program.

1 Mar. 2021 View project
Long Read Sequencing
Long Read Sequencing

Long Read Sequencing

Using state-of-the-art long read sequencing technologies, Genetwister builds high quality genome assemblies of novel species and obtains long-range genomic information such as haplotypes and structural variants.

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
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
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
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