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NCGAS at PAGXXVI

The National Center for Genomics Analysis Support (NCGAS) based out of IU, presented new and exciting work at the Plant and Animal Genomics 2018 conference

The Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) takes place every January in San Diego,CA, hosting more than 3000 researchers (http://www.intlpag.org/). National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) attended this year’s PAG XXVI conference, with nine presentations (talks/posters) by the NCGAS team and additional presentations by collaborators (https://ncgas.org/Blog_Posts/PAG2018%20Abstracts.php). Presentations included setting up genome browsers at the Tripal workshop, software demos on a readily usable de novo transcriptome assembly pipeline, using the CAFE program to understand gene family evolution, and using Jetstream, a cloud computing environment (https://jetstream-cloud.org/), for biological analysis. Posters covered use of Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) resources to solve genomic challenges, reconstruction of genomes from metagenomic datasets, and discovery of a stilbenoid prenylation pathway that is activated as a defense mechanism in Arachis hypogaea (peanut) (doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA117.000564). NCGAS had a great turnout, allowing the team to reach out to the genomic community, and generating lots of interest in setting up genome browsers and using their pipelines.

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Carrie Ganote presenting her poster on using XSEDE resources to solve genomic challenges

This conference is also a great opportunity to learn about the new sequencing technologies being developed and how researchers that have applied these techniques and developed software for their analysis (https://ncgas.org/Blog_Posts/Third%20Generation%20Sequencing.php). Attending the yearly PAG conferences allows NCGAS to better serve their clientele in offering optimized solutions to best answer their research questions, and staying current on developments in the genomics field.