Dr. Nahla Bassil helped organize a RosBREED-sponsored SNP Summit on November 12 and 13 2010 at the Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The Summit was attended by 28 RosBREED co-PIs and international partners from Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and the US to finalize the development of a Rosaceae community-wide high throughput genotyping platform for apple, peach and cherry and develop a strategy for strawberry.
At the SNP Summit, Dr. Bassil presented the results of SNP validation with the GoldenGate Assay. This assay was conducted to assess the efficiency of the SNP detection and to optimize filtering parameters for final SNP selection for the Infinium chips for apple, cherry and peach. At the 5th International Rosaceae Genomics Conference (RGC5) that followed the SNP Summit from 14-17 November 2010, Dr. Bassil was invited to give two oral presentations: presenting results of her team’s research on phylogenetic relationships in strawberry; and on RosBREED’s SNP detection pipeline and community-available genomic resources. She was also invited to moderate the ‘Transcriptome’ session of the conference. As chair of the US Rosaceae Executive Genetics and Breeding Committee (RosEXEC), she organized and presided over a combined meeting of RosEXEC and the Rosaceae International Genomics Initiative (RosIGI) on November 16.