Wheat Genome Annotation Workshop

A hands-on wheat genome annotation workshop for graduate students and postdocs will be held from June 29th to July 1st, 2009 at the Institute for Genome Sciences, (UM Baltimore) as the outreach component of the NSF-funded project DBI-0638558. On-line registration open until April 15th 2009. More information can be found in the attached flyer and at

Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science

A new journal, the Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science (JPBCS) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published monthly dedicated to increasing the depth of Crop Science across disciplines with the ultimate aim of improving plant research. JPBCS will cover all areas of plant breeding and crop science. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:

Triticeae Mapping Initiative

The 19th International Triticeae Mapping Initiative - 3rd COST Tritigen joint meeting 2009 will be held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, August 31th - September 4th 2009. Abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 20, 2009. Please see their submission form online for more information.

Gramene at Maize Genetics meeting

Members of the Gramene team (Doreen Ware and Genevieve DeClerck) will be attending this week's 51st Annual Maize Genetics Conference in St. Charles, IL, March 12-15, and will present two posters: 1) "Gramene: A Resource for Comparative Grass Genomics", 2) "The Gramene Genetic Diversity module: A resource for comparative genome analysis in plants."

Gramene documentation Wiki

The Gramene team has released a new public, read-only Wiki for our documentation at We expect to use this site to better explain our processes for acquiring, processing and presenting our data.

Gramene at Plant Genomes meeting

Members of the Gramene team will be presenting posters at this week's Plant Genomes meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Our posters include "Plant comparative genomics at Gramene" (Will Spooner) and "An update on the Gramene database" (Ken Youens-Clark).

Gramene Build 29 Released

The Gramene team is happy to announce the release of our 29th build. We have upgraded our Ensembl genome browser to version 52 and added or updated six genomes (Arabidopsis lyrata, Vitisvinifera [grape], Populus trichocarpa [poplar], Sorghum bicolor, Oryza glaberrima short arm, Arabidosis thaliana updated to TAIR8). We feature new mappings of selected plant sequences to our 9 sequenced genomes and a reorganization of the cereal alignment contigview tracks as well as the results of our new whole genome alignments from Ensembl's blastz-chain-net pipeline.

Sorghum genome sequenced

A paper in this week's issue of Nature announces the completion of the sequencing of the genome of Sorghum bicolor. This is only the second cereal species (after rice) to have been completely sequenced. Most notably, sorghum uses the C4 photosynthetic pathway in contrast to rice, which uses the C3 pathway. The C4 pathway is more efficient in fixing carbon dioxide under high temperature and light intensity.

For more information, see the full article.

IRGSP releases updated build of rice genome sequence

The International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (IRGSP) has released an updated genome sequence for Oryza sativa cv. Nipponbare. More information can be found at the release announcement for IRGSP Build5.

Job openings at IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines is currently recruiting internationally for nine important positions. For more information, see their jobs page.


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