Location: Bee Research LaboratoryTitle: The i5K Initiative: Advancing arthropod genomics for knowledge, human health, agriculture, and the environment) Author
Submitted to: Journal of Heredity
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/20/2013
Publication Date: 12/1/2013
Citation: Evans, J.D., Brown, S.J., Hackett, K.J., Richards, S., Lawson, D., Elsik, C., Coddington, J., Edwards, O., Emrich, S., Gabaldon, T., Goldsmith, M., Hanes, G.W., Misof, B., Mu-Oz-Torres, M., Niehuis, O., Papanicolaou, A., Pfrender, M., Poelchau, M., Purcell, M.F., Robertson, H.M., Ryder, O., Tagu, D., Torres, T., Zdobnov, E., Zhang, G., Zhou, X. 2013. The i5K Initiative: Advancing arthropod genomics for knowledge, human health, agriculture, and the environment. Journal of Heredity. 104(5):595-600. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Insects and their arthropod relatives including mites, spiders, and crustaceans, play major roles in the world’s terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems. Arthropods compete with humans for food and transmit devastating diseases. They also comprise the most diverse and successful branch of metazoan evolution, with millions of extant species. Here we describe an international effort to guide arthropod genomic efforts, from species prioritization to methodology and informatics. The i5K community met formally in 2012 to discuss a roadmap for sequencing and analyzing 5.000 high-priority arthropods, and is continuing this effort via pilot projects, the development of standard operating procedures, and training of students and career scientists. With university, governmental, and industry support, the i5K consortium aspires to deliver sequences and analytical tools for each of the arthropod branches, and each of the species having beneficial and negative effects on humankind.