David CROS




View picture album about various aspects of the oil palm: fields, oil extraction, breeding, genetic diversity, pests and diseases, etc.


Powerpoints, reports and animations:

(click on images to download) 

PAG 2020

Inbreeding Management and Optimization of Genetic Gain with Phenotypic and Genomic Selection in Oil Palm (Elaeis guineensis) (.ppsx)

David CROS, Billy TCHOUNKE, Leopoldo SANCHEZ  

Plant and Animal Genome, San Diego, USA -  Jan. 12, 2020

(see abstract here)

ppt PIPOC 2019

Advances in oil palm genomic selection (.ppsx)

David CROS, Florence JACOB, Achille NYOUMA, Billy TCHOUNKE, Dadang AFANDI, Indra SYAHPUTRA, Benoit COCHARD

PIPOC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Nov. 20, 2019

(see related interview here)


Within-family genomic selection increases genetic gain for rubber production in Hevea brasiliensis (.ppsx)

David CROS, Luther MBO-NKOULOU, Joseph Martin BELL, Jean OUM, Aurélien MASSON, Mouman SOUMAHORO, Tran Dinh MINH, Zeineb ACHOUR, Vincent LE GUEN, André CLEMENT-DEMANGE

AnimAgap CIRAD, Montpellier – 8 mars 2018


PhD dissertation (pdf):

Cros D., 2014. Etude des facteurs contrôlant l’efficacité de la sélection génomique chez le palmier à huile (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) [Thèse de Doctorat], Montpellier SupAgro, 124-[147] p.



Genomic selection and application to oil palm (version June 2019)


Download powerpoint of the presentation given at the international colloquium organised by the International Society for Oil Palm Breeders (ISOPB) in Bali in June 2014: Practical aspects of genomic selection in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis)

[english, 66 slides]

Download executable file about reciprocal recurrent selection in oil palm [french]  (.exe)


Download powerpoint about oil palm controversies (Presented in Cotonou in 2009) [french]

Sommaire :

  • Déforestation
  • Santé
  • Biodiesel
Download a 6 questions quizz about oil palm (click on answers to go to next question) (.exe) [french]

 *** See also:  this page for powerpoints used for teaching sessions



Nyouma et al., 2020.

PAG conference (San Diego, USA)

Genomic predictions improve the performance of clonal cultivars in oil palm [english] (.pdf) 


SelGen Workshop 2017, INRA (Paris) 

Training genomic selection model across multiple breeding cycles increases genetic gain in oil palm [english] (.pdf)


AgriNumA 2019 (Dakar)

Application du modèle linéaire mixte pour la prédiction génomique de la production de latex chez l'hévéa [french] (.pdf)


Reciprocal recurrent selection in oil palm [french] (.pdf)

   Oil palm seed production [french] (.pdf)
  ICQG Conference 2012 (Edinburgh)

Pedigree reconstruction for breeding populations of plant species using simulated annealing (MOLCOANC software version 3) [english] (.pdf)

 IOPC Conference 2014 (Bali)

 Comparing strategies of genomic selection to increase oil palm fresh fruit bunch yield [english] (.pdf)




Factors controling the efficiency of genomic selection in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) - PhD defense, Dec. 11th 2014, Montpellier [in french] (talk and powerpoint slides)


(download powerpoint here)



The software MOLCOANC (version 3) and its manual can be downloaded from the webpage of Jesús Fernández (INIA, Madrid), in the "software" section.

MOLCOANC reconstructs pedigrees from molecular data of contemporaneous individuals using a simulated annealing algorithm. It involves explicit reconstruction of genealogies. This approach does not require knowledge of the allelic frequencies and does not assume Hardy-Weinberg or linkage equilibrium.

MOLCOANC implements the algorithm by Fernández & Toro (Molecular Ecology 2006. 15: 1657-1667) and the modifications by Cros & al (2014), which make it suitable for plant species and more flexible.



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