Jason presents on genomic evolution and the 1KFG project.
ZyGoLife 2016 Workshop was an all day affair. It was hosted by JGI on August the 7th and included 35 participants from 12 institutions. Each lab presented a 20-minute update on research directly related to the ZyGoLife project followed by 10 minutes of discussion. At the end of the meeting there was a 1.5 hour discussion on goals for the second year of the project. Particular discussion topics included Tier II sampling of genomes for our JGI CSP, prioritization of analyses and papers, development of Broader Impacts, and scheduling workshops for 2017. Our Tier II sampling will focus on unsampled genera of zygomycetes with particular emphasis on greater phylogenetic coverage of the Zoopagomycotina, Entomophthoromycotina and Kickxellomycotina. Our tentative plans for 2017 workshops include a collecting and bioimaging workshop at Arizona State and a teaching workshop at MSA 2017 in Athens, GA. Stay tuned for more information on these workshops.
And if we were not yet official, we took our group photos and JGI double helix.
ZyGoLife 2016 Attendees
Arizona State University: Robby Roberson, Karen Fisher
Boise State University: Merlin White, Michael McCormick
DOE Joint Genome Institute: Igor Grigoriev, Stephen Mondo, Alan Kou, Stephen Ahrendt, Asef Salamov
Duke University: Rytas Vilgalys, Jessie Uehling, Alejandro Roja
Michigan State University: Greg Bonito, Natalie Vande Pol
Oregon State University: Joey Spatafora, Ying Chang
The University of Michigan: Tim James, Kevin Amses, William Davis, Alisha Quandt
USDA ARS Peoria: Kerry O’Donnell
University of British Columbia: Mary Berbee, Benjamin Auxier, Anna Bazzicaluipo, Jaclyn Dee, Ludovic Le Renard
University of California, Riverside: Jason Stajich, Nuttapon Pombubpa, Sawyer Masonjones, Derreck Carter-House
University of Florida: Matt Smith, Nicole Reynolds, Katy Lazarus, Alija Mujic
University of Toronto: Yan Wang
Jericho Ortanez from Jason Stajich’s lab at UC Riverside is visiting the Spatafora lab this week. Jericho is an undergraduate in Biology and is working on the ZyGoLife project. We have funding as part of the ZyGoLife project for students to visit different ZyGoLife labs, learn new techniques, and build their professional network. Jericho is here this week learning our DNA and RNA extraction protocols. He is working with Ying Chang, Jeff Beard and Nick Spatafora. Great visit and we have really enjoyed having him work in the lab this week.
L-R. Ying Chang, Nick Spatafora, Jeff Beard, Jericho Ortanez
Two new zygomycete genomes were released this week at JGI: Mucor heterogamus NRRL 1489 v1. and Mycotypha africana NRRL 2978 v1.0. Both of these genomes were sequenced as part of the ZyGoLife project and the associated CSP on early diverging fungi. We are very excited about the pace of zygomycete genome sequencing and the ability to crack open the black box of zygomycete evolution.
A number of genomes have been completed recently and made public as part of our collaboration with Joint Genome Institute (JGI). These data are unpublished and are being included in phylogenomic analyses by the ZyGoLife research consortium. We are particularly interested in resolving relationships among the zygomycete fungi and using a phylogenetic framework to test hypotheses of the evolution of fungi as they transitioned onto land and adopted nutritional modes reliant on plants and plant-based ecosystems
New releases since our last post include: