From: "John Liu" [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: "aquaculturegenomics" [email@example.com] Cc: "Grant Burgess" [Grant.Burgess@newcastle.ac.uk] Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 34 Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2013 17:14:55 -0600 Aquaculture Genomics Workshop Call for Abstract Submissions: The International Plant & Animal Genome XXII meeting is January 11-15, 2014, in San Diego, CA, USA (http://www.intlpag.org/). The aquaculture genomics community will gather for a 1.5 day workshop on the January 11th and 12th. In addition to invited plenary speakers, additional workshop speakers will be chosen by the committee from abstracts submitted directly via e-mail to the Aquaculture Genomics Workshop Chair, Dr. Steven Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order to be selected for an oral presentation, you must meet the abstract submission deadline of September 30, 2013. Please note that all abstracts (for both oral and poster presentations) must also be submitted directly to PAG. Abstracts being considered for an oral presentation will be reviewed by committee after the September 30, 2013 internal deadline, and those selected for oral presentations will be notified in October 2013. At this time, selected speakers will be instructed on how to properly register on the PAG website. Abstracts will be judged on both the scientific quality of the abstract, and interest to USDA National Animal Genome Project (National Research Support Project NRSP-8) aquaculture species stakeholders. For additional information please visit http://eagle.fish.washington.edu/aqua_pag. Aquaculture Genomics Workshop Travel Awards: The Aquaculture Genomics group of the NRSP-8 is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of travel awards, of up to $1000, to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at PAG XXII in San Diego, CA. All full-time graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who submit an abstract to the Aquaculture Genomics Workshop are eligible for consideration with the following restrictions: a graduate student can only receive a travel award once, and a maximum of two travel awards will be granted to a single PI¡¦s group. Applicants should submit t a completed application available at http://www.intlpag.org/2014/images/pdf/pagxxii-grants-aquaculture.pdf. Deadline for applications is October 15th, 2013 and applications should be sent via e-mail to Steven Roberts (email@example.com). Please note that travel award applicants must also arrange for their supervisor to send an e-mail confirming their status as a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. For additional information please visit http://eagle.fish.washington.edu/aqua_pag. Draft Rainbow Trout Genome Sequences: The new rainbow trout draft genome assembly headed by Mike Miller (UC Davis) is available on the NAGRP data repository. The assembly was from 13,824 out of the 14,900 MTP BAC clones in 1,152 pools that represent approximately 50X sequence coverage per BAC. The assembly is estimated to cover ~70% of the rainbow trout genome. URL: http://www.animalgenome.org/repository/aquaculture/ The sequences are also available for blast on the NAGRP blast server. URL: http://www.animalgenome.org/blast/ The NRSP8 Animal Genome Project has been renewed for 2013-2018 with the following objectives: Objective 1: Advance the status of reference genomes for all species, including basic annotation of worldwide genetic variation, by broad sequencing among different lines and breeds of animals. Objective 2: Develop strategies to identify and exploit genes and allelic variation that contribute to economically relevant phenotypes and traits, in part through improving functional annotation of the genomes of our species. Objective 3: Facilitate analysis, curation, storage, distribution and application of the enormous datasets now being generated by next-generation sequencing and related "omics" technologies with regard to animal species of agricultural interest. Dr. John Liu of Auburn University and Dr. Caird Rexroad of the USDA National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture have been selected to serve as Coordinators for the Aquaculture portion of this project. Aquaculture represents many species, therefore we are seeking investigators to from US institutions to serve as Species Leaders for the following duties: 1) Identifying uses of Coordinator funds that benefit individual species groups; 2) Assisting Workshop Organizers with finding speakers, judging student abstracts for travel awards, etc; 3) Assembling the annual report for your species group; 4) Attending PAG at least every other year. Dr. Yniv Palti, Dr. Sylvie Quiniou, and Dr. Craig Sullivan have agreed to continue to serve as Species Leaders for Salmonids, Catfish, and Striped Bass, respectively. We are asking for those who are interested in serving as species leaders for Shrimp, and for Oysters to reply to Caird and John with Name, Affiliation, species that would be represented and a listing of the corresponding research community.
The NRSP8 Aquaculture Coordinators provided research support for four projects: Through open competition, four projects received funds from NRSP-8 Aquaculture Coordinators. These projects are entitled: 1) Improving the Rainbow Trout Genome Assembly using Moleculo Technology (P.I. Michael Miller, University of California Davis); 2) A flexible Platform for Querying Disparate Oyster Datasets (qDOD) (P.I. Steve Roberts, University of Washington); 3) NRSP-8 Research Support Funds for Moronid Reference Transcriptomes (P.I. Adam Fuller, USDA ARS); and 4) Assessing Demographic and Evolutionary Relationships between Shrimp Populations by Sequencing a Shrimp Diversity Panel (P.I. Zhiqiang Du and Max Rothschild, Iowa State University).