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IU projects shine at 2017 Plant and Animal Genome Conference

Jetstream and NCGAS coordinate, collaborate, and dazzle at the 2017 Plant and Animal Genome Conference.

The Plant and Animal Genome Conference is the largest Ag-Genomics meeting in the world: it brings together over 3,000 genetic scientists and researchers in plant and animal research and hosts 150 workshops and thousands of research presentations.


IU’s National Center for Genomic Analysis Support (NCGAS) was focused on the Cenicafe collaboration with Cornell. The mission of Cenicafe is to improve the livelihoods and outcomes for coffee producers in Columbia, with particular focus on combatting coffee rust, a disease which threatens coffee growers and may percolate through the industry, drying up supplies for coffee consumers. NCGAS works with Cenicafe to analyze genomic information and host the results on genome browsers for easy interpretation. This collaboration is partially funded by grants (NSF #1444893) to support investigating transcriptomics of the Coffea arabica plant. Discussions with the Cenicafe group and Cornell enabled NCGAS to solidify goals for the next year, clarify the progress from the last year to all stakeholders, and strategize about how to proceed.

PAG-Jetstream hardware

IU was also represented by members of the Jetstream team. Jetstream (NSF #1445604) is a cloud computing system that provides on-demand services for life sciences research and education. The Jetstream team showed how different users can access the system: from laboratory scientists to informatics specialist to core facility staff and faculty.