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Databases, Internet Resources and Bioinformatics for Crop Improvement Workshop


About the training course

The proliferation of genomic data and Internet-based resources has improved our understanding of molecular diversity, plant breeding and agricultural productivity. This workshop aims to explain what is available on the Internet for plant research and plant breeding. The workshop will cover the following topics:

Usefulness of bioinformatics for crop improvement, scoring and storing phenotypic and molecular data, using Internet-based search engines and resources such as crop-specific databases and literature tools. The workshop will combine lectures, hands-on computer modules, and discussion to illustrate key resources for plant breeders, and molecular biologists. A working knowledge of using a Windows-based computer system and Web browser is essential.

Target participants

Crop Breeders, Crop Scientists and Molecular Biologists/Biotechnologists from National Agricultural Research Institutes in Africa. Preferably we would like participants to attend in pairs from the same institution or country one Crop Breeder/Scientist and one Molecular Biologist/Biotechnologist, although this is not essential.

Course Leader

Prof. Dave Berger, Botany Department, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) and African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Course Presenters

Prof. Jan-Peter Nap, Senior Staff Scientist, Applied Bioinformatics, Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Dr. Yoseph Beyene, Botany Department, Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Course Programme

Application information

Application information can be found here.


For successful applicants, costs (including flight tickets, accommodation, meals and fees related to the workshop) will be covered by the Generation Challenge Program.

Participants will be responsible for covering their own additional subsistence costs during the workshop. Visa costs (which must be purchased by the applicants in their home country before departure) will be refunded by GCP after participants arrive in South Africa to attend the workshop. 

Final Call for Participation

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4-7 September 2006


University of Pretoria

Bioinformatics Facility


South Africa

Application Deadline:

28 July 2006