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.

Gramene Activities @ PAG

Gramene is pleased to be at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, January 10-14, 2009. Visit us at the following events:

National Plant Genome Initiative Workshop

Gramene would like to highlight a new to a Wiki site that describes a summary of a recent workshop entitled:

"The National Plant Genome Initiative at Ten Years: A Community Workshop"

This site contains information (agenda, Rapporteur's summaries, session/Q&A notes, list of meeting participants and a meeting summary) related to the recent National Plant Genome Initiative Workshop held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Conference Center of the National Academies in Irvine California on August 26-28, 2008.

2009 Maize Genetics Conference

The 51st Annual Maize Genetics Conference will be held March 12-15, 2009 in Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois. Abstracts are due January 30. For more information, please consult their website.

Heterosis in Plants Conference

The International Conference on Heterosis in Plants: Genetics and molecular causes and optimal exploitation in breeding, will be held September 7 to 9, 2009 at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. For more information, please see their website.

Updated OMAP in CMap

The Gramene team is making an interim release of our comparative maps database (CMap) which restores previously available 12 "stacked" maps from the Oryza Mapping Alignment Project (OMAP). These maps order and orient the best selection of FPC contigs for each species as compared to Gramene's annotated version of the TIGR rice assembly.


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