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Arthropod Genomics Center

Project leader: Sue J. Brown
Address: Interdisciplinary program involving Division of Biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer and information sciences, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, entomology, Grain Marketing Production Research Center, plant pathology, and USDA.
Phone number: 785-532-3482
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/agc

The K-State Arthropod Genomics Center brings together resources and expertise in bioinformatics and functional genomics to support K-State scientists in the application of genomic approaches to solving problems in arthropod biology related to human, animal and plant health. The center also encourages and fosters interactions and collaborations between its members and other scientists around the world who are studying arthropods at the genomic level. More than 25 faculty from nine disciplines and organizations are committed to the success of the center.

Insects and other arthropods make a huge negative impact on human and animal health and on pre- and post-harvest productivity from crop plants. Classic control methods often result in pest resistance, and the importance of new approaches of arthropod control to agriculture and human health cannot be overstated. In this era of genomics, whole genomes can be assayed in microarrays for changes in gene expression associated with a particular process, which may lead to the identification of targets for regulating it.

With support from the Kansas State University Targeted Excellence program, the university’s bioinformatics infrastructure will be enhanced through the addition of three computer specialists who will collaborate with and provide bioinformatics support to arthropod genomic researchers. Other major activities include funding research through seed grants, hosting an annual International Arthropod Genomics Symposium, offering integrated education and research opportunities for students, and developing collaborative ties with other genome centers to enhance information exchange among scientific researchers.

 

Updated fall 2006