DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
GP 612 DIVERSITY ANALYSIS (2L+1P) II
To expose students to various aspects of genetic diversity, its measurement, grouping and study of phylogenetic relationship
The meaning of diversity, history, importance and its use in agriculture. Assessment of diversity: Morphological, biochemical and molecular.
Statistical techniques for measuring diversity: Measures of quantitative and qualitative variability, diversity indices; and methods for marker data analysis. Statistical techniques for clustering: Hierarchical and non-hierarchical cluster analysis, algorithms for forming clusters/ dendrograms, data transformation and choice of scales, exposure to various clustering softwares.
Evolution and Diversity: Phylogenetics, concept of evolutionary trees, rooted and unrooted topology, methods for studying phylogeny-maximum, parsimony, distance methods, maximum likelihood, reliability of prediction. Exposure to various softwares (MEGA, Phylip. NTSYS etc.)
Collection of germplasm diversity, required sample size and introduction to various germplasm sampling models, Spatial tools for studying plant germplasm diversity
Estimation of diversity, Practical exercises using statistical software for clustering. Developing phylogenic trees based on various methods, estimating and locating diversity using DIVA GIS, determination of sample size for collecting diversity