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Prestigious accolades received by VSNi associates

Congratulations to our esteemed associates, Arthur Gilmour and Brian Cullis, who have both received recognition for their work in the fields of genetics and biometrics. Arthur Gilmour awarded the Helen Newton Turner Medal Arthur Gilmour, an elected fellow of the Association of the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) and […]

Genstat 18 is available for download now

Genstat 18 (SP1) is complete – and this latest edition is now fully live. Existing users (with the correct version control license key) can upgrade here. If you want to more, for help or to arrange a trial, or for new sales please email Support.   Take a look at the […]

What’s new in ASReml 4

The main development is the introduction of an alternative functional method of associating variance structures with random model terms and the residual, akin to that used in ASReml-R, as an alternative to the former structural method, where the variance models were specified separately from the model terms. Using the functional specification, […]

BBSRC recognises VSNi success

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has published a short case study recognising the success of VSN International Ltd. You can read the summary here, or the full case study here (PDF). BBSRC is a UK Research Council and NDPB and is the largest UK public funder of non-medical bioscience. It predominantly funds scientific […]

Genomic selection using ASReml

Animal and plant breeding is fast becoming one of the hot topics of the 21st Century.  The ability to identify specific traits and use them to improve different species or breeds is important as we try to make sense of a rapidly growing world population, and to provide high quality food […]

Halting the invasion

Managing weeds has been an issue for agricultural producers for centuries; consequently there are now a wide variety of techniques used for managing and controlling weeds in an agricultural situation. But in order to successfully control or eliminate any weed farmers need to know which is the most effective and appropriate […]

The very hungry caterpillar

Ever since attempting to grow our own vegetables with my young children I have been amazed by the decimation caused by caterpillars on crops. At the time my family were engaging in our first gardening experiments and initially we were all delighted to see the range of butterflies in the garden, […]

KWS value precision and security

For centuries people have been breeding plants, trying to fine-tune individual plants to obtain or change a particular trait.  Today plant breeders look at addressing concerns such as drought or environment tolerance, pesticide, herbicide, fungi or bacteria tolerance, improving nutritional value or increasing yields. This, by definition, ranges from “classical” propagation […]

Vision No 21

Free software in education VSNi is proud to announce the launch of GenStat for Teaching and Learning – a new free product based on the current Genstat 13, but amended to make it suitable for school and undergraduate students. The easy to use GenStat Menu system provides access to a wide […]


VSNi is committed to supporting the protection and sustainable development of our world. We are proud to work with scientists throughout the world on projects aimed at conserving and protecting the natural environment; from understanding animal or plant behaviour to sustainable agriculture. Here’s a short list of the projects we are […]