o have joined forces with BGI to initiate the formation of the Phytophthora
Genus Sequencing Consortium," stated Brett Tyler, who will join Oregon State from Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute in December 2011. "Given BGI's expertise in genomic sequencing, transcriptomics and bioinformatics, and its extensive experience researching numerous key plant genomes, we expect our relationship to lead to significant research findings that should help protect a variety of plant species, especially agricultural crops, from the damaging effects of Phytophthora
Dr Michael Coffey, a board member and curator of the Worldwide Phytophthora Collection (WPC) at the University of California, Riverside, commented, "I am pleased to contribute the resources of the WPC to this exciting effort. The WPC houses validated isolates of all known Phytophthora species." Professor Yuanchao Wang of Nanjing Agricultural University, a board member and consortium member stated, "This is a truly international effort that already involves researchers from the U.S., China, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia and Sweden."
"We look forward to working with Oregon State and other Consortium members to undertake this important research," added Professor Huanming Yang, Chairman of BGI. "Sequencing, transcriptomic and bioinformatics analysis contributed by BGI to the Consortium will yield findings and data that will be shared by all Consortium members, including Oregon State and other institutions. We believe that by "dividing and conquering," all Consortium participants will derive enormous benefit with greater efficiency and reduced cost."
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