The event takes place March 2016 in Walnut Creek. Past, current and prospective Community Science Program users are welcome to attend, as are researchers and students interested in cutting-edge energy and environmental genomics research. Submit a poster abstract early; several short talks will be selected from abstracts. More>
The Fall 2015 issue of the JGI Primer is out and includes stories about stressed algae, phytohormones in root microbiomes, computational tools for microbial genome assembly and analysis, science highlights, and more. Contact Terri Bartolome for print copies.
Twenty-seven new projects were selected for the 2016 Community Science Program. JGI’s Susannah Tringe said the new projects “exploit JGI’s cutting-edge capabilities in nucleic acid sequencing and analysis and build our portfolio in key focus areas including sustainable bioenergy production, plant microbiomes and terrestrial biogeochemistry.” More>
UC Berkeley is spearheading a $12.3 million project beginning next year that intends to examine how sorghum reacts to drought. The DOE funded project aims to use epigenetics to determine what genetic advantages sorghum may possess over other crops in drought conditions. The work involves the Joint Genome Institute’s Chia-Lin Wei and Devin Coleman-Derr. More>
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>