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Workshops & Organized Discussions


CURATION CLINIC: Gene Annotation using Apollo

This pre-symposium workshop is designed to introduce researchers who are working with annotated arthropod genomes to the Apollo curation tool. This online genome browser allows users to check if their gene annotations are supported by the data and correct them if required. No prior knowledge of Apollo is needed. The practical parts of the workshop will require a laptop computer that can connect to the WiFi.

If interested in participating in this workshop, please complete the google form.

When: Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 - 6:00 PM CDT

Where: Purple Pride Conference Room, K-State Alumni Center - Manhattan, KS

Led by: Monica Poelchau and Robert Waterhouse




After going through the buffet line, grab a seat in the Barrett Wildcat Den for a round table lunch discussion about sequencing, assembly, annotation and databasing of insect genomes related to agricultural systems. 

About: Arthropod vectors of pathogens cause enormous economic losses and are a fundamental challenge for sustainable increases in food production. To more effectively fight plant diseases, data pertaining to a disease system needs to be consolidated, made searchable and amenable to data mining. The proposed AgriVectors platform is an open access and comprehensive resource for growers, researchers and industry working on plant pathogens, insect pests and agricultural pathosystems spread by arthropod vectors. The AgriVectors system will provide tools to enable technologies such as RNAi, CRISPR, screening bioassays, etc. to leverage current and emerging knowledge across disciplines. The portal will be based on the Citrusgreening.org (https://citrusgreening.org/) community resource for the Huanglongbing pathosystem that was developed as a model for systems biology of tritrophic disease complexes. The AgriVectors portal will extend this model beyond gene-centric omics data to the broader Pathosystem-wide information, with integrated pest management, behavioral, plant health, soil health and climate data to incorporate rapid phenotyping information from research trials, building a foundation for more effectively identifying solutions to combat plant diseases.

When: Friday, June 14 at 12:30 - 1:30 PM CDT

Where: Barrett Wildcat Den, K-State Alumni Center - Manhattan, KS

More Information Contact: Surya Saha (ss2489@cornell.edu)