2014 Advanced Course

Modern Breeding Techniques of Cassava


8-19 September 2014, Ghent, Belgium


The course covered the most important aspects related to modern breeding and the application of molecular techniques with a specific focus on the use of markers and their potential application in Cassava breeding (fingerprinting, biodiversity, trait mapping, crossing in specific genes and quality assurance). Legal aspects in plant breeding and other aspects of the cassava value chain were also included in the program as well as case studies using plant biotechnology for the improvement of Cassava. Following the theory a practical lab exercise was included on the use and analysis of molecular markers. In addition, field visits were organized to feedstock processing pilot plants. At the end of the course participants received a certificate of attendance.


This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB and VLIR-UOS.