In 2005, the Integrated Microbial Genome (IMG) data management system was launched to support comparative analysis of genomes sequenced at the Joint Genome Institute. On this milestone anniversary, lead IMG developers Victor Markowitz and Nikos Kyrpides reflect on the development, evolution and impact of this system. More>
The Joint Genome Institute site features a video from Director Eddy Rubin and a video highlighting the importance of mentoring to help increase diversity in STEM fields. The website is part of the JGI Diversity & Inclusion Initiative launched in April.
To untangle the complexities of the carbon cycle, Trent Northen is using the biocrust system to examine the specific metabolites in soil and how microbes target these compounds. Instead of looking at them in broad groups, Northen is studying the specific relationship between the diversity of soils metabolites and the diversity of microbes. More>
Joint Genome Institute researchers conducted analyses of microbial communities in laboratory scale bioreactors breaking down contaminated wastewater from gold ore processing. Using genome-resolved metagenomics, scientists hope to improve microbial-based remediation strategies. More>
Though they’re the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth, scientists have had a hard time studying phages, which attack by inserting their genetic material into bacteria. Researchers have to turned to metagenomics to help understand phages, including sequencing at the Joint Genome Institute. More>
National Park scientists are researching a series of underground lakes, thought to be the purest water on Earth. But scant bacteria has been discovered there, which will be submitted to the Joint Genome Institute to determine exactly what organisms are in the water. More>
This public database allows researchers to more efficiently harness the genomic data generated by advanced sequencing technologies to identify novel small molecules relevant to DOE missions in bioenergy and environment. More>
JGI hosted 10 students this summer, including several from UC Merced, and two from the SULI Program. The interns had opportunities to spend time out in the field, work at the lab bench, and do some computational analyses at their desks. Several interns relate their summer experiences in short videos.
The JGI is accepting Letters of Intent for the Emerging Technologies Opportunities Program (ETOP). By partnering with the scientific community, JGI seeks to develop new resources and technical capabilities that could then be provided to JGI users to help address important energy and environmental problems. All Letters of Intent need to be received by August 30, 2015. More>
In the August issue of Nature Plants, a JGI-led team analyzed the genes that are being activated during algal lipid production in the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to learn more about how algae can be stressed just enough to produce lipids for biofuels, but not enough to kill them. This study also successfully demonstrated another genomic technology capability JGI collaborators can utilize. More>