Experts in genome-wide association studies

Improve your trait selection method for plant breeding

Marker assisted selection (MAS) allows the breeder to obtain results in a more efficient way compared to conventional selection methods. Among the various approaches available, selection by detection of candidate genes or markers through association studies (genome-wide association studies, GWAS) is one of the most widely used. GWAS has the advantage over other methods that it does not require targeted crosses, which for some production species is crucial because it saves much time. Among the variety of GWAS approaches applied in breeding programs, AllGenetics can offer the following:

  • Case-control association testing.

  • Genetic association testing with quantitative trait, including:

    • Genome wide scanning or genome wide association mapping.
    • General linear model (GLM).
    • Mixed linear model (MLM).
    • Single trait GWAS (stGWAS).

How we work

Genome-wide association studies service - AllGenetics

Step 1: We isolate DNA from your samples. We have adapted different DNA isolation protocols, depending on the starting biological material.

Step 2: We prepare genomic libraries using the kits recommended by Illumina.

Step 3: We sequence the libraries using the Illumina NovaSeq technology.

Step 4: We analyse the high-throughput sequencing data to identify and genotype the selected SNPs in each of the samples analysed. Then we proceed with the genome-wide association studies.

What you receive

A report with a summary of the methods followed.

The raw high-throughput sequencing files.

The results of the bioinformatic analysis including:

  • A table with the alleles called at each locus in each individual.

  • A list of gene-associated SNPs.

  • The results of genotype likelihood tests for diversity estimations.

  • The preliminary quality control analyses for MAF, population structure (Bayesian approaches and principal component analysis - PCA), kinship, and linkage disequilibrium.

  • The GWAS interpretation results include p-value, R2 value, QQ-plots, Manhattan plots, and GWAS power.

  • Post GWAS (pGWAS) analyses for Identification of candidate genes, primer design for MTAs, and genotyping in populations of interest.

If you require additional analyses, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your needs.

At no additional cost, our project specialists will be available to you after project delivery. We offer up to five 60-min sessions per project, depending on the project size.

What we need

Your tissue samples appropriately preserved depending on the sample type (ethanol, silica gel, frozen, or another suitable preservation method). If required, we provide sampling kits and sampling collection guidelines to ensure that your samples arrive at our lab in optimal conditions.

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