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A round-up of the IWGSC activities in 2023.
The IWGSC is looking for a Genome Curation Intern to join an international research project performing large-scale genome sequencing of common bread wheat. This will be a 10- week paid internship with a competitive salary. The start and end dates are flexible, preferably May-August 2024. Remote work is a possibility. Deadline for application: Friday 26 April 2024.
Abstracts for proposed talks are now being accepted by the IWGSC for individuals who would like to present their work at the IWGSC workshop that will be held during the Plant and Animal Genome Conference Australia (18-20 September 2024, Perth, Australia). Deadline: 31 May 2024, 23:59 US Eastern Time
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) is starting a two-year project, with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to mine an untapped genetic resource for wheat improvement by sequencing the genomes of ancient varieties representing the worldwide diversity of bread wheat.
The IWGSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Dreisigacker and Rajeev Varshney as new Board members of the organization.
The first comprehensive book about the most complex plant genome – the Wheat Genome – is now out and available in open access.
The IWGSC has led the effort to develop a high quality, reference sequence of the large, complex (hexaploid), bread wheat genome: IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 and annotation v1.1 as well as IWGSC RefSeq v2.1 and accompanying annotation. This year, the IWGSC has embarked on a new wheat diversity project to bring the reference sequence to platinum quality and to sequence landraces that reflect the breadth of wheat diversity. In the IWGSC workshop this year, presentations will include site-directed mutagenesis with genome editing, homoeolog expression bias inheritance in wheat, small RNAs, sequencing of mutations in wheat promoters, and the platinum quality sequence of Svevo with the tetraploid wheat pangenome. As usual, the workshop also includes the presentation of the Catherine Feuillet & IWGSC Early Career Award and travel stipend to Carolyn Mukiri Kambona who will speak about how memory of past drought stress affects plant responses. This award is given to a young scientist nominated by anyone in the wheat community and selected by the IWGSC leadership in recognition of outstanding achievement.
The wheat reference genome sequence (IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 & v2.1) has provided a foundation that has propelled recent advances in research and improvement of wheat. For the Structural and Functional Genomics Workshop, continued advances in research and understanding will require new experimental and computational approaches to structurally identify and assign function to genes (both coding and non-coding) as well as regulatory elements and epigenetic states. Accordingly, abstracts submitted for this workshop should focus on genome-scale studies that improve understanding of wheat genome function through the development of additional data resources, computational and experimental studies, exploration of gene families and pathways, and platforms that facilitate annotation and visualization.
Carolyn Mukiri was awarded the IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award and will receive her award at the Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego, California (USA) in January 2024. Carolyn also received a travel stipend to allowed her to travel to the PAG conference to present a talk during the IWGSC main workshop on Saturday 13 January 2024.
Kellye Eversole has been at the helm of the IWGSC since its inception in 2005 and has been instrumental in all developments and successes of the consortium, relentlessly advocating and pursuing the vison and ultimate goal of the consortium to develop genomic tools to advance wheat research and breeding.
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Modification date: 01 September 2023 | Publication date: 01 October 2020 | By: ic