Genome sequence of the palaeopolyploid soybean

The January 14th edition of Nature contains an article describing the whole-genome shotgun sequencing of the soybean genome. It has been "sequenced and integrated with physical and high-density genetic maps to create a chromosome-scale draft sequence assembly" (Schmutz et al.).

Faculty position at Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology an independent, technological university located on Florida’s east coast invites applications for an assistant or associate professor position beginning in Fall 2010. Candidates must have expertise in plant biology and biochemistry, a Ph.D. degree, and relevant postdoctoral experience. Successful candidates are expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate (M.S./Ph.D.) teaching, and will be expected to establish an active, externally-funded research program.

Job openings at Gramene

Gramene is hiring a Programmer/Analyst and a Database Biologist at Cornell University! Please see the links for more information or come find us at PAG this week to talk to us.

Gramene at PAG 2010

Gramene will be present at the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference in San Diego, California, from January 9-14.

Job opening at UMass Amherst

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UMass Amherst announces a faculty search for a plant biochemist/ molecular biologist (tenure track Assistant Professor). They are particularly interested in recruiting a plant biochemist who will complement the research strengths of the department and who will contribute to campus initiatives in biofuels research. Massachusetts and the UMass campus are making significant investments to expand the life sciences on campus, including two new laboratory science buildings that will be completed in the next two years.

iPlant Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

Undergraduates interested in applying their quantitative science or biology background to problems in plant biology are invited to a 2010 summer research opportunity. The iPlant Collaborative is supporting an Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking and Plant Biology Research Program for Undergraduates (Interdisciplinary UBRP-CT). This is a 12 week paid summer research experience (roughly $300/week) with many additional enrichment activities (more info).

RosBREED BIMS post-doc position available

RosBREED project is seeking a cadre of tomorrow’s leaders to join their team on an exciting new “science to the marketplace” federally funded project. “RosBREED: Enabling Marker-Assisted Breeding in Rosaceae” is a four-year trans-disciplinary project focused on rosaceous crops (apple, cherry, peach, and strawberry) involving 12 U.S. research institutions, international collaborators, and private sector participants.

CASHX annotation pipeline

Fahlgren, et al. recently reported an annotation pipeline called  Cache ASsisted Hash Search with Xor logic (CASHX) in the journal RNA (PubMed ID 19307293). The pipeline can map, quantify and manage large quantities of sequence data. The sequence alignments can be done using any size of DNA sequence data for both query sequences and database.

QTL Load File Documentation

In order to facilitate the community curation of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL), the Gramene team has published a proposed QTL load file format and instructions for submitting new QTL to Gramene for inclusion in our QTL database and comparative maps. If you have any questions or comments about this proposal, please write


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