Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative: an Update

January 18th, 2012 by Francis Martin Leave a reply »

I am writing to touch base about our JGI Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative. As of today, the genome annotations publicly released are those of:

The genome of Piloderma croceum and Tulasnella calospora are in the JGI annotation pipeline and should (hopefully) be available in the coming weeks. Those of Cenococcum geophilum, Sebacina vermifera, and Pisolithus tinctorius are in the final phase of sequencing, but Cenococcum and Pisolithus are difficult (large and polymorphic) genomes and JGI cannot give an estimated date of release.

The transcriptome of free-living mycelium of C. geophilum, H. cylindrosporum, O. maius, P. involutus, P. croceum, P. microcarpus, P. tinctorius, Scleroderma citrinum, Sebacina vermifera and T. calospora are sequenced (RNA-Seq) and a series of dedicated databases are under construction.

Finally, Igor Grigoriev, Joey Spatafora and I would like to invite you to Walnut Creek in mid-March 2012 to participate in several important JGI meetings:

  • Fungal Jamboree (March 19, 2011 8am-8pm) to discuss progress and coordination of large scale initiatives in fungal genomics: (1) Genomic Encyclopedia of Fungi, (2) 1000 fungal genomes, and (3) Fungal model systems and metagenomes (including our Mycorrhizal Genome Initiative).
  • JGI User Meeting (March 20-22, 2012: http://www.jgi.doe.gov/meetings/usermeeting/) and workshops including MycoCosm Tutorial (March 20, afternoon)

You could access our recently opened MycorWeb portal dedicated to this project, Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative, for links and updates.

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