The goal of the Tucson Plant Breeding Institute (TPBI) is to offer state-of-the-art instruction and training in modern plant breeding tools such as statistics, molecular breeding, and computation. 


While plant breeding is among humankind's oldest and most important endeavors, it remains a highly dynamic field. There is a constant flux of new technologies for plant improvement, such as advances in genomics, bioinformatics, high throughput phenotyping, and new statistical approaches for selection, gene mapping, and GxE interactions. TPBI offers breeders state-of-the art training in these modern tools. By offering modules on different topics, the Institute allows a breeder to choose courses that best fit their specific needs. 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.

Module Structure:

Module 1: Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics (Walsh) 

Tuesday - Thursday (12:00pm) 

Module 2: Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding (Walsh) 

Thursday (1:30pm) - Saturday 

Each module consists of ten 90 minute lectures/computer workshops. For further details on each Module, see our Modules.

Daily Schedule:

8:30am - 10:00am Lecture 

10:00am - 10:30am Break 

10:30am - 12:00pm Lecture 

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch 

1:30pm - 3:00pm Lecture 

3:00pm - 3:30pm  Break 

3:30pm - 5:00pm Lecture 


The Tucson Plant Breeding Institute 2025 will be held at the BIO5 Institute in the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the University of Arizona Campus. 1657 E. Helen St. Tucson, AZ 85719 (map/directions)