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Summer school in the Baltics – an unforgettable experience

Training during field visit in the forest. Photo: O.Reutimann/WSL

By Oliver Reutimann

Conducting and interpreting genetic association studies can be complex and challenging. This summer school aimed to offer us a better understanding of the methods used and the theory behind association studies, in order to broaden the picture of forest genetics.

From genotypes to phenotypes – Twenty-one people from around the world, with different backgrounds, came together in Kaunas, Lithuania, to learn more about theories and methods underlying this rather specific field of biology. Four days filled with several lectures and one excursion covered a broad range of topics. Participants gained insights into general population genetics, coalescent theory, genotype-phenotype association, phenotypic predictions and high throughput phenotyping.