It’s germplasm evaluation, Jim, but not as we know it
Next generation sequencing (NGS) holds the promise for a more efficient approach to germplasm evaluation whereby a carefully selected subset of accessions can be sequenced and phenotyped in detail; associations discovered between genotypes and phenotypes in this subset could be used to predict the phenotype of other accessions based on sequence data alone.
Ah, “the promise.” Always the promise. But actually, in this document, “Technical appraisal of strategic approaches to large-scale germplasm evaluation,” (pdf) some of the practicalities are spelled out, and in quite a lot of detail. You be the judge of whether the vision outlined in that opening quote is of a far-away, Star Trek world, or something that’s really just around the next corner. You could comment on the document itself, but some people have encountered problems with that, so do it here instead. We will collate and feed back all comments.
LATER: And here’s a PDF of the presentation made by the author at this year’s PAG.