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Applied Quantitative Genetics in Plant Improvement

Date: 9th July 2018

Location: Peter Wilson Building, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: From £600

A one-week course offered by Scotland’s Rural College to explore the tools essential for scientists in the area of plant breeding and plant genetic research.

Applied quantitative genetics in plant improvement

This will include lectures in population and quantitative genetics as well as hands-on tutorials, working through plant population and genotype data. This course seeks to equip breeders and geneticists with the most relevant skills in plant research.

Tutor: Professor Ian Mackay

Content to be delivered:

  • Quantitative genetics
  • Statistical analysis
  • Linkage disequilibrium and association mapping
  • Variety trial design and analysis
  • Selection theory
  • Trait mapping in experimental populations
  • Genomic selection
  • Most tutorials will be based in R but no prior knowledge is required.


From the 9th July - 13th July 2018 with classes commencing at 9:00 and concluding at 17:00.


Library computer room, Scotland’s Rural College, Peter Wilson Building, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG

Course fees (no VAT applicable):

  • Postgraduate students: £600
  • Professionals: £900


If you are interested in participating in our course, please send a statement of interest to Mr. JR Adams at with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Research Background
  • Institution
  • Email (associated with institution)
  • Student/professional status


Depending on your payment preference (credit/debit or bank transfer), further instructions will be provided to you on how to complete your registration and submit your payment for course fees.


Please arrange your own accommodation. We suggest:

  • Travelodge Edinburgh Cameron Toll: The most cost-effective and closest hotel to the college. Within walking distance of King’s Buildings and adjacent to a bus stop for the city centre.
  • Residence Inn Edinburgh: A Marriott hotel placed in the stunning Quartermile district within Edinburgh University’s main campus and meadows. This hotel is situated between the city centre and SRUC’s Edinburgh campus. Bus no. 41 would links this accommodation to SRUC.
  • Guest Houses: There are a number of quaint B&B’s and guest houses in the area (e.g. Arrandale, Sixteen, Mayfield) that are within reasonable walking distance to SRUC.


Tea, coffee, & snacks will be provided throughout the duration of the course. Lunch will not be provided but King’ s Buildings has a variety of venues offering a range of food. There will be a course supper at John Leslie’s on the 10th and a final meal on the 13th at Field. Both meals are free of cost to participants.


While all attendees are welcome to bring their own laptop, a desktop computer will be provided to all participants for tutorial work. The course is restricted to 15 participants.

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