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IWGSC Newsletter – January to March 2016

Welcome to the IWGSC newsletter No1/2016

The IWGSC

  • As of April 2016, the IWGSC had 1100 members, working in 372 institutes/companies in 55 countries. Check out the map .
  • Currently, the IWGSC has 21 sponsors . Sponsor support is essential to ensuring the delivery of the reference sequence. Please inform us if you know of any potential sponsors (research institutes, universities, governmental agencies, or companies).
  • Check out the new IWGSC Brochure

Projects

  • Consistent with the sequencing strategy adopted in 2013, the IWGSC is pleased to report that a high quality, whole genome sequence is finally possible. The IWGSC whole genome assembly (IWGSC WGA) of Chinese Spring is based on Illumina short sequence reads assembled with NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM software. Quality control of the assembly is underway and chromosome-based sequences and resources will be integrated into the assembly.
  • The projects progress overview was updated earlier this year. Completion of pseudomolecules for individual chromosomes is advancing well towards achieving the standard of 3B on 8.5 chromosomes and funding for pseudomolecule completion was secured for the remaining chromosomes with all scheduled to be integrated into the IWGSC WGA to the extent practicable this year. More details on individual projects can be found on the reference sequencing page.
  • The IWGSC wheat data repository at URGI reported the release of the IWGSC survey sequence version 3 which was generated by A. Sharpe, D. Konkin, and C. Pozniak at the National Research Council Canada and University of Saskatchewan. The new assembly incorporates ca. 185 Gb mate pair sequence data and improves scaffolding and gap-filling in the CSS.
  • URGI have also released new genetic data for wheat and a new synteny viewer to visualise genic comparisons between bread wheat CSSv2, rice, Brachypodium and Sorghum.
  • A project sponsored by Bayer CropScience to generate tag sequences from minimal tile path clones of physical maps that were built from fluorescent fingerprints providing links between physical maps and sequence resources is almost completed.

People
Throughout the year, the IWGSC highlights the work of its members by profiling them on the website and presenting them with Awards.

  • Leader Spotlight: Sebastien Praud , Research Manager at Biogemma
  • Leadership Award:
    • Jan Dvorak (University of California, Davis) was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of his leadership in completing the reference sequence for Ae. tauschii – the progenitor of wheat D genome.
    • Ming-Cheng Luo (University of California, Davis) was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of his leadership in completing the reference sequence for Ae. tauschii – the progenitor of the wheat D genome.
    • John Jacobs and Bayer CropScience were awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of their leadership for advancing significantly the IWGSC efforts to complete the reference sequence of the bread wheat genome.
  • Early Career award: Tingting Zhu (University of California, Davis) was awarded an IWGSC Early Career Award and received her award in January 2016 at PAG.

Meetings/Workshops

Presentations

IWGSC Publications

Community news:

Resources for members:

  • Slides reflecting the status, as of January 2016, for both the physical maps and the reference sequencing projects. Updated IWGSC chromosomes with flags
  • Set of slides for members to use in their presentations: general presentation of the IWGSC (membership, structure, vision, roadmap), major achievements, progress, sponsors. Updated January 2015


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