IWGSC Newsletter 2/2020

IWGSC Newsletter – April to August 2020

IWGSC newsletter No2/2020


  • Membership: The IWGSC has 3,000 members in 70 countries, working at 826 institutions/companies.
  • Sponsors:
    • Currently, the IWGSC has 8 sponsors. Sponsor support is essential to ensure continuation of activities.
    • Please inform us if you know of any potential sponsors (research institutes, universities, governmental agencies, or companies).


  • IWGSC-Arbor Biosciences Promoter Capture project
    Arbor Biosciences is working on the design of a promoter capture under the leadership of IWGSC Coordinating Committee member, Jorge Dubcovsky. Due to lab closures because of Covid-19, delivery has been delayed. We hope it will be available in early 2021.
  • IWGSC-Arbor Biosciences Expansion Modules
    Plans are underway for Arbor Biosciences to develop add-on modules for the exome panel. These will include new manual and functional annotations of IWGSC RefSeq v1.0, the updated and annotated RefSeq v2.1, and genome-wide SNPs. Again, due to lab closures, these activities have been delayed. We will be working to add the new IWGSC RefSeq v2.1 and annotation v2.1 in 2021.
  • IWGSC Wheat Diversity project
    Under this project, the IWGSC plans to develop high quality sequences of a core set of eight landraces with a low admixture rate (<1%) and to add to these data elite and founder lines sequenced to varying levels of quality as well as sequences that will be publicly available in the near future. We have been able to find several providers who can deliver high quality, PacBio Sequel II sequences and assemblies of the eight landraces at an exceptionally good rate. We are now seeking funding for the landrace sequencing and assembly and will be submitting proposals for funding in the next few months. If you have sequenced or are planning to sequence an elite line or founder line and want to be involved in the development of the haplotype database, please contact Kellye Eversole .
  • IWGSC RefSeq Assembly and Annotation
    IWGSC RefSeq v2.0, an improved version of the reference wheat genome, is available at the IWGSC data repository hosted by URGI-INRA E under the Toronto protocol. Additional improvements and corrections have been made over the past few months and integration of manual and functional annotations is underway. In early 2021, the IWGSC will release IWGSC RefSeq v2.1, as well as annotation v2.1.
  • IWGSC RefSeq Annotation beyond 2020
    Continued manual and functional annotation of the reference is essential. To facilitate high quality functional annotation, we continue to seek experts willing to take the lead in the functional annotation of gene families in wheat, contact Kellye Eversole , Fred Choulet, Rudi Appels , or Hélène Rimbert if you would like to be involved.

Data Repository at URGI

  • MNase chromatin accessibility data for CS genome generated in Eduard Akhunov's lab (Kansas State University, USA) are available to download at URGI under open access.
  • Reminder: The IWGSC RefSeq v2.0 assembly is available for download and BLAST under the terms of Toronto agreement which affords the data producers the right to publish the first whole genome analyses of the data. Access does require registration. For specific access terms, see the IWGSC General Data Access agreement .


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  • As of now, PAG 2021 is scheduled for March 2021. The IWGSC intends to hold two workshops. Stay tuned for the announcement of calls for speakers and early career award recipient abstracts.

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Modification date: 16 August 2023 | Publication date: 09 November 2020 | By: ic