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Research Project: Development of Maize Pan-Genomic Pipelines to Explore the Diversity Of Maize, Its Wild Relatives, and Related Grasses

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Project Number: 5030-21000-068-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
End Date: Nov 30, 2018

Objective:
To curate the maize pan-genome and upcoming sequenced maize genomes, and assist in the creation and implementation of pan-genomic tools and resources incorporating representative cultivars of Zea mays, its wild relatives, and other related grasses.

Approach:
The creation of a maize pan-genome will be done in collaboration with the maize community. Curation of the maize pan-genome and the upcoming genomes of maize and its wild relatives will include issuing genome and gene IDs in accordance with the Maize Nomenclature Committee, collecting statistics and metadata for each genome, helping sequencing labs to upload their genomes to NCBI and MaizeGDB, and performing comparative genomics analyses. The pan-genomic tools to be implemented will include a pan-genome qTeller RNA expression visualization tool, browser tracks on JBrowse, and BLAST targets. Together, these data will provide an important comparative genomics resource for MaizeGDB stakeholders.