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BIOM 205: Statistical Design and Analysis for Plant Breeding using R

This course provides researchers with the knowledge and skills to be able to design and analyze breeding trial data and estimate breeding values. Through a combination of lecture, group exercises, and hands-on activities in R, participants will learn about designs that are especially useful in plant breeding, analysis methods and techniques for single and multi-trial analysis, and breeding value estimation.  This course is intended for anyone who analyzes or interprets plant breeding data. The knowledge gained in this course is essential for understanding even more advanced methods such as genomic selection. 

Course Objectives
  • Learn how to identify the most appropriate experimental designs for different plant breeding trials and how these designs are created in R
  • Understand the methods used for analyzing single and multi-trial analysis, how these methods are conducted and how to interpret the results
  • Learn how to analyze line performance and environment similarity using biplots
  • Understand breeding values and their estimation
  • Gain experience analyzing plant breeding 

Course Content

  • Introduction to quantitative genetics
  • Experimental designs commonly used in agricultural experiments
  • Analysis of single-environment trials
  • Analysis of multi-environment trials
  • Introduction to biplots
  • Breeding value estimation


  • BIOM 203: R Programming and 
  • Either BIOM 101: Introduction to Statistics and Design of Experiments or BIOM 204: Statistical Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments using R  or equivalent

Course Coordinator

Ms. Alaine Gulles

About the Course

Course Schedule:  August 13 - 17, 2018

Venue: IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Application Period:  until June 8, 2018

How to Apply:

        Requirements and Instructions:

        Please read before proceeding to the online application.

    1. Interested applicants must have a fully accomplished online application form with all the necessary attachments on or before June 8, 2018.
    2. Applicant must have a certification of availability of funding from IRRI, donors or sponsoring agencies to cover the full cost of the training.  This should be reflected in the Endorsement form or Consent form that can be downloaded below.
    3. Slots for this training are awarded on a competitive basis and participants will be chosen based on the information provided on the online application form.


    1. Download and accomplish the consent form that you will need for your application. Please attach them to the online application form. 
      • Consent form (Save as PDF with CF_BIOM205_Your-Lastname as filename).
    2. Proceed with the online application here.


        1.  Applicants will be notified thru email if they are accepted or not, on or before June 15, 2018.
        2.  Participants must bring their own laptop with Windows Operating System.