Great news!!! A new nomination tool for the 1000 Fungal Genome Project has been released (http://genome.jgi-psf.org/pages/fungi-1000-projects.jsf) to entire research community. Any JGI registered user can click on MycoCosm tree nodes at (jgi.doe.gov/fungi), choose ‘Nominate’ to suggest new fungal species for sequencing and provide DNA/RNA samples to fill the gaps in the Fungal Tree of Life. The nominations can be made all year around; after review the approved candidates will be added to the list of JGI projects.
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 current nomination will help in selecting the most interesting suggestions from our community.
Photo: Mycena sp. belongs to a large genus of small saprotrophic mushrooms. Mycena galopus will be sequenced within the framework of the Forest Soil Metatranscriptome Project (CSP570) © F Martin