NRSP-8: NAGRP Aquaculture Genome Program
From: John Liu [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 06:07:13 -0600 To: email@example.com Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 8 o Another great success of the Aquaculture Genomics Workshop: The 2006 Aquaculture Genomics Workshop was held January 14-15, 2006 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego along with the XIV Plant and Animal Genome (PAG XIV) Conference. We had a large attendance of over 150 participants. The Workshop consisted of 24 oral presentations including three invited speakers, 12 graduate student/post doc travel award recipients, 5 other graduate students/post docs, and 4 primary investigators. At the conclusion of the first day the Aquaculture Business Meeting was conducted by Dr. John Liu, followed by a reception at the Terrace Pavilion sponsored by Genome Canada where 40 poster presentations were displayed. The invited speakers were Dr. John Quackenbush, Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health; Dr. Hein van der Steen, Director of Animal Science Research at Sygen and the Technical Director for SyAqua in Franklin, Kentucky; and Dr. Lawrence Schook, Faculty of Excellence Professor of Comparative Genomics in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Quackenbush presented his seminar entitled “Extracting Biological Meaning from High-Dimensional –Omics Datasets.” Dr. Hein van der Steen made his presentation of “Application of Genetics and Genome Technologies to the Genetic Improvement of Aquaculture Species.” Dr. Schook’s made a presentation of “A Case Study for Developing a Genome Sequence Project: The Swine Genome Sequencing Initiative.” Dr. Caird Rexroad of USDA ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture was the organizer for the Workshop. Please join me to congratulate Dr. Rexroad for the success and thank him for his great effort. o Dr. Dennis Hedgecock of the University of Southern California will be the next Workshop Organizer: Dr. Dennis Hedgecock of the University of Southern California will be the next organizer for the Aquaculture Genomics Workshop to be held in San Diego next January. If you have any suggestions or comments concerning the format and organization of the Workshop, please contact Dr. Hedgecock (firstname.lastname@example.org). o Dr. Geoff Waldbieser was elected to be the Chair-elect (secretary). Dr. Geoff Waldbieser of the USDA ARS Catfish Genetics Unit was elected to serve as the Chair-elect (secretary) for 2006-2007 year, and he will serve as the Chair in 2007-2008 and as the organizer of 2008 Aquaculture Genomics Workshop. o The first oyster microarray is now available for the research community: An informal consortium* of oyster researchers from Norway, France and the US came together back in 2003 and agreed to pool all of their cDNA clones from Crassostrea virginica and C. gigas, in order to generate a tool valuable for all oyster researchers interested in the functional genomics of these species. This microarray has now been printed, and contains 4,460 clones from C. virginica, and 2,320 from C. gigas, along with 17 non-oyster control sequences. This microarray was printed by the Genomics Core Facility at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, Director Dr Paul Gross. A manuscript describing the properties and performance of this microarray as tool for investigating the meta-transcriptome of Crassostrea is in preparation. Investigators who are interested in using this tool in their research are invited to contact Paul Gross email@example.com for details on its availability. *Oyster cDNA clones were contributed by Eveyne Bachère, Viviane Boulo, Bob Chapman, Charles Cunningham, Jean-Michel Escoubas, Ximing Guo, Amaury Herpin, Matt Jenny, John Liu, Arnaud Tanguy, and Greg Warr. o Two BAC libraries of oysters are now available: A group of scientists including Cunningham, Charles; Hikima, Jun-ichi; Jenny, Matthew; Chapman, Robert; Fang, Guang-Chen; Saski, Chris; Lundqvist, Mats; Cupit, Pauline; Tomkins, Jeff; and Warr, Greg have published a paper on characterization of two BAC libraries in Marine Biotechnology entitled “New Resources for Marine Genomics: BAC libraries for the Eastern and Pacific oysters (Crassostrea virginica and C. gigas)”. These resources should be highly valuable for oyster research. Contact the authors if you need more information. o Israeli and US scientists met to plan for the future of aquaculture genetics research: A group of Israeli and US scientists met February 21-24 in Eilat, Israel to present current status of aquaculture genetics, genomics, and breeding programs, to discuss the challenges aquaculture geneticists face, and to seek solutions to enhance aquaculture genetics research in general. The papers presented in the conference and the synopsis will be published in Israeli Journal of Aquaculture. For a look of the program and topics of the discussion, please visit http://aquaculture.ocean.org.il/bard.html. o The Tenth Congress of the International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, July 1-6, 2006. All the high caliber immunologists working with species related to aquaculture will be there. For more information on this conference, please visit http://www.isdci.org/eboard.php. o SEND your USDA-funded success stories to CSREES Muquarrab Qureshi, NAGRP Leader, which can be used to highlight the impact of your research on animal agriculture and wellbeing. Pictures and/or web links, links to key publications, journal cover pages, or other stories are welcome. Please indicate if the work was supported by USDA and/or any federal or industry partnership. Send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks in advance for your help.