Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics ResearchTitle: Stewardship of the Maize B73 feference genome assembly Author
|Cannon, Ethalinda - Iowa State University|
|Rezaie, Tayebeh - National Institutes Of Health (NIH)|
|Dunfee, Brittney - Iowa State University|
|Jiao, Yinping - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory|
|Schneider, Valerie - National Institutes Of Health (NIH)|
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/16/2016
Publication Date: 3/17/2016
Citation: Cannon, E., Rezaie, T., Dunfee, B., Jiao, Y., Schneider, V., Ware, D., Andorf, C.M. 2016. Stewardship of the Maize B73 feference genome assembly. In: 58th Annual Maize Genetics Conference, March 17-20, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida. p. 64.
Technical Abstract: The release of version 4 of the B73 reference genome assembly is imminent. However, continued improvement of the assembly is likely to fall to the maize research community. Toward this end, and recognizing the importance of an accurate and well-curated reference genome, MaizeGDB, Gramene, and the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) are working together to provide tools for continued improvement of the genome. These tools include: a collection device for assembly and gene model issues reported by the community, available at MaizeGDB; the GRC database and tools for resolving issues and making “patch releases” (releases of the assembly which include corrections and new sequence, but which do not change chromosome coordinates), and eventual full releases when enough issues have been resolved to merit a new version. MaizeGDB is committed to continued stewardship of the genome and will work with researchers to resolve issues. Researchers are encouraged to report issues they have found in v3 as well as issues found in v4. The v3 will be tested against v4 to see which issues are resolved in the new assembly and which remain to be fixed.