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The fascinating origin of some favorite foods and how plants help in the fight against COVID-19

For the past six years, Gramene has celebrated Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) with an activity designed for K-12 children to spread our appreciation for plants. The year 2020 was not the exception.


Scientists around the world are working to make reagents for plant-based COVID-19 vaccines

First Virtual Maize Annotation Jamboree (March 10-12th, 2020)

Authors: Marcela Karey Tello-Ruiz, Cristina Fernandez-Marco and Doreen Ware

The 2020 Virtual Maize Annotation Jamboree (VMAJ) was organized as part of  the by Marcela Karey Tello-Ruiz (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory or CSHL) and Cristina F. Marco (DNALC CSHL) under the supervision of PI Doreen Ware (CSHL and USDA ARS).


Zoom gallery view of participants on the final day of the VMAJ. From left to right and top to bottom: Arun Somwarpet-Seetharam, Cristina F. Marco, Kevin R. Ahern, Brit Moss, Aman Kaur, Adrienne Kleintop, Jianing Liu, Marcela Karey Tello-Ruiz, John Gray, Doreen Ware, Elly Porestky, Vincent Colantonio, Brian Zebosi, Singha Dhungana, Vivek Shrestha, Nancy Manchada, Raksha Singh, Usha Bhatta, and Ankita Abnave.

Plant domestication and the secrets in a plant's genome for 4th graders

To celebrate Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) 2019, on May 22nd, Gramene's project manager and outreach, education and training coordinator, Dr. Marcela Karey Tello-Ruiz of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, visited fourth graders at Bayville's Intermediate (BI) School in New York to talk about plants and the secrets in their genomes!  In addition to a dynamic slideshow, students created colorful seed necklaces.


Making colorful seed necklaces with Ms. Pederson's class

Gramene release 64 is out with 21 new reference genomes and the latest maize B73

The Gramene Knowledgebase Team is pleased to announce its Release #64 (see release notes) with the Genome browser providing access to information on 114 reference genomes and 123,064 gene family trees.

Help us chart the future of agricultural data! - AgBioData RCN kick off meeting Sept 1st @ 1 pm ET

ATTENTION Researchers, Breeders, Database Providers, Funders, Editors, Students, Software Engineers, and other Scientists

Ensembl Browser and REST API virtual workshops - Registration is OPEN

Registration is now open for two up-coming virtual Ensembl workshops, covering the Ensembl genome browser and the REST API, which are key to explore and query the Gramene database.

Ensembl Browser Workshop:

COST InteGrape Training (Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020) - Apply by Oct 31

METHADA 2020 eHandsOn: Virtual Training School on transcriptomic metadata handling and data analysis
DATE: November 30th- December 4th 2020

Announcing Gramene Database release #63 with 26 new plant genomes!

Gramene is a curated, open-source, integrated data resource for comparative functional genomics in crops and model plant species.

Teaching Scholarships! Apply by Dec 2 - Maize Annotation Jamboree - 2020 Maize Genetics Conference

The NSF-funded Gramene and MaizeCODE projects invite graduate students and faculty interested in course development to participate in the maize annotation jamboree from march 10-12, 2020 prior to the Maize Genetics Meeting in Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi, USA.   


Gramene will be at Plant Biology 2019 — Hope to see you in San Jose, CA!

The Plant Biology 2019 Conference will take place in San Jose, Calfiornia on August 2-7 of 2019.


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