Our proposal to sequence 1000+ fungal genomes has been funded by the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) of the Department of Energy. Our consortium in collaboration with JGI has embarked on a five-year project to sequence 1000 fungal genomes from across the Fungal Tree of Life. The guiding principle for sampling in F1000 is at the end of the project to have 2 representatives from all fungal families or family-level clades. This will require a lot of coordination across several JGI CSP projects, e.g. our Mycorrhizal Genome Initiative, the Forest Soil Metatranscriptome Project and the Saprotrophic Agaricomycotina project, and interactions with the community and systematics experts of given groups.
The team comprises Joseph Spatafora (Oregon State University), Jason Stajich (University of California at Riverside), Kevin McCluskey (Fungal Genetics Stock Center), Pedro Crous (Centraal Bureau voor Schimmelcultures, Netherlands), Gillian Turgeon (Cornell University), Daniel Lindner (USDA Forest Service), Kerry O’Donnell and Todd Ward (USDA ARS), Antonis Rokas (Vanderbilt University), Louise Glass (University of California at Berkeley), Betsy Arnold (University of Arizona), Igor Grigoriev (JGI DOE) and myself.
The ‘1000 Fungal Genomes‘ site, set up by Jason Stajich’s group, represents a gathering of the information about the project and will link to additional resources tracking the progress of the project.