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Tucson Sathguru
Plant Breeders Program

16 - 21 September 2024

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16 - 21 September 2024

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Cornell University, Ithaca, USA


Sathguru is a global research and consulting organization engaged in life science strategy advisory, research management advisory, intellectual property management guidance and public policy advisory. Sathguru pursues research and advisory for the seed sector in accessing technologies for contemporary trait needs, regulatory adherence and market access. Sathguru has developed frameworks for number of countries in areas such as biotechnology and intellectual property management regulations.


Tucson Plant Breeding Institute (TPBI)

The Tucson Plant Breeding Institute (TPBI) offers state-of-the-art instruction and training in modern plant breeding tools such as statistics, molecular breeding, and computation. The mission of the institute is to transfer current technologies to a wide audience of users, be they commercial breeders or academics interested in plant science improvement.

Tucson Sathguru Plant Breeders Program

Plant breeding innovations have contributed significantly to addressing global food production needs. However, the challenge of improved food production to meet the food demand of 2050 would require the application of new breeding techniques and precision breeding techniques with a deeper understanding of plant physiology and molecular biology in an environment of rapid computational tools.  Plant breeders are challenged to develop improved varieties that sustain yields in a highly challenging climate change environment and to meet the nutrition needs of the global population. 

The advanced plant breeding course will provide plant breeders from the seed industry and academic research institutions exposure to contemporary tools and techniques needed for strategic deployment in creating competitive varieties and traits. Senior-level plant breeding professionals will converge from different regions for a residential course in Hyderabad to gain exposure to world-renowned faculty. Exposure to contemporary breeding techniques, advancements in quantitative genetics, predictive modeling, and newer tools such as gene editing will provide plant breeders the opportunity to deploy solutions for rapid generation of competitive varieties and traits in their own enterprises.

Who Will Benefit

The program is designed for geneticists and molecular biologists engaged in crop improvement program.


Cross-cultural and Cross-enterprise Learning:
The participants will have an opportunity to interact with people working in the same sector from different geographical locations

Interaction with the Faculty:
The participants get to access the world’s best faculty in the field of agriculture and life sciences 

Lectures & Group Exercises:
The course will engage the participants in practical discussions, lectures, group exercises and case discussions focused on strategic decision approaches .

Key Focus Areas

  • Statistics and Experimental Design – Recapture
  • Advancements in Molecular Breeding & Experimental Designs
  • Hybrid Breeding Strategies
  • Selection Models in Plant Breeding
  • Association Mapping & Bulp/Genomic Selection
  • Intellectual Property Implications for Plant Breeders
  • Plant Variety Protection
  • Gene Editing
Key Focus Areas


Prof. Bruce Walsh

Prof. Bruce Walsh, Depts. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Plant Science, Animal Science, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona. His interests are broadly in using mathematical models to explore the interface of genetics and evolution, with particular focus on two areas: the evolution of genome structure and the analysis of complex genetic characters (aka quantitative genetics)

Dr. Michael Gore, Associate Professor of Molecular Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University. His expertise is in the field of quantitative genetics and genomics, especially the genetic dissection of metabolic traits. He has also contributed to the development and application of field-based, high-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding and genetics research. He serves on the editorial boards of Crop Science and Theoretical and Applied Genetics.


Dr. Michael Gore

Dr. Lucia Gutierrez

Dr. Lucia Gutierrez, Associate Professor of Cereals Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin – Madison. She develops statistical methods to analyze marker data to improve decision making in plant breeding. Specifically, she works on QTL mapping through GWAS and classical bi-parental populations as well as Genomic Selection on Barley, Wheat and Rice incorporating best field-experimental practices as well as genotype-by environment and QTL-by-environment strategies.
K. Vijayaraghavan is the CEO of Sathguru Management Consultants and visiting lecturer at CALS, Cornell University. Vijay combines innovation focus in enterprises and strategy to create and sustain their competitive advantage. He has advised worldwide seed sector in forecasting trends and in enhancing their competitiveness through smart adoption of innovation. He brings expertise in the area of protection, access, and benefit sharing mechanisms for plant genetic resources.

K Vijayaraghavan

Program Date


16 - 21 September 2024


Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Program Fee

Participant TypeINRUSD
Residential₹ 80,000 + Taxes$ 1000 + Taxes
Non-Residential₹ 50,000 + Taxes$ 700 + Taxes
  • GST is applicable on the above fee
Fee includes
Course Material
Board & Accommodation*

Fee does not Include

Travel (Domestic & International)



Incidentals apart from inclusions

  • For residential participants – accommodation & all meals included
  • For non-residential participants – lunch included

Payment Details :

Accouont Number : 912020047528817
Branch : Hyderabad Main Branch, Telangana, India
IFSC Code : UT180000008

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  • Formal registration takes place only after. the payment of fees
  • While substitutions are accepted prior to the start of the program, regret refunds for cancellations
  • Due to class size constraint, registration will be provided on a space available (first come, first serve) basis.
  • Multiple nominations are encouraged, however not more than five will be accepted from a single organization to ensure diversity of participant profile.