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Jill Banfield to Keynote JGI’s April NeLLi Workshop

Joint Genome Institute collaborator Jill Banfield (EESA) will deliver the keynote talk at the “NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life to New Functions” Workshop, April 5-6 in Walnut Creek. The workshop aims to foster discussions on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Go here for full agenda, speaker lineup, and registration information.

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Revealing Aspergillus Diversity for Industrial Applications

In the world of fungi, Aspergillus is an industrial superstar, playing a critical role in biofuel production, and plant and human health, among other applications. But the majority of its 350 species has yet to be sequenced. A team including JGI researchers sequenced the genomes of 10 novel Aspergillus species, more than doubling the number of Aspergillus species sequenced to date. More>

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JGI’s Community Science Program is Accepting Letters of Intent

The JGI Community Science Program (CSP) is currently accepting Letters of Intent. The deadline for submission is March 31. The CSP Annual Call is focused on large-scale, sequence-based, genomic science projects that address questions of relevance to DOE missions in energy security and sustainability and global biogeochemistry. More>

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Proposals for JGI-NERSC Microbiome Data Science Call Due March 1

The call will enable users to perform state-of-the-art computational genomics and metagenomics research and help them translate sequence information generated by the JGI or elsewhere into biological discovery. The call aims to help users perform large-scale computational analyses of sequence data to solve DOE mission-relevant problems. More>

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Lab Faculty Invited to Submit Preproposals for IGI Projects

The Innovative Genomics Institute is offering funding for new research projects related to genomic engineering. Faculty members are invited to submit brief preproposals on topics including agriculture, microbiology, crosscutting technologies, and social science. Deadline is March 10. Full details are available here. For questions, contact Susan Jenkins.

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Lab Breaks Ground on Integrative Genomics Building

Extending the roots of team science at its birthplace, the Lab will soon bring together researchers from the Joint Genome Institute and the Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) under one roof. The Jan. 31 groundbreaking celebrated the future colocation of these partnering scientific user community resources. The building is scheduled for completion in 2019. More>

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JGI Expertise Lends Insights into Cold-Adapted Diatom

To learn more about how diatoms have adapted to thrive in the Southern Ocean, researchers conducted a comparative genomic analysis involving three diatoms, tapping JGI expertise for sequencing and annotation. The results provide insights into the genome structure and evolution of F. cylindrus, as well as this diatom’s role in the Southern Ocean. More>

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Register for JGI’s New Lineages of Life (NeLLi) Workshop

The Joint Genome Institute’s NeLLi workshop—which takes place April 5-6 in Walnut Creek—will focus on experimental innovations, computational advances, and other technological developments that will enable researchers to move from identification of microbial novelty to assigning metabolic and functional capabilities. More>

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Register for JGI’s Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

The event takes place March 20-23 in Walnut Creek. The plenary session begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, with the first keynote address followed by the first of two poster sessions. Those who register by Jan. 20 save $50. Workshops will run all day Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21, with separate registration required. More>

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Industrial Biotechnology Leader Selected as New JGI Director

Nigel Mouncey, currently with Dow AgroSciences, has been named the JGI Director. The announcement follows a national search in which a committee convened by Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling and led by Richard Myers of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, carefully evaluated 75 candidates for the Director position. More>

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