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  • Jane Morris retires after nearly a decade with the ACGT

    Jane Morris Dr Jane Morris, ACGT Director (2002-2011)
    21st Mar 2011

    Jane Morris Dr Jane Morris, ACGT Director (2002-2011)
    Jane Morris Dr Jane Morris, ACGT Director (2002-2011)

    After nine years at the helm, Dr Jane Morris retired as Director of the ACGT at the end of January 2011. With this move, she winds down a professional career characterised by significant growth and dedicated leadership. (more…)

  • New ACGT Manager takes the reins

    Dr John Becker
    22nd Feb 2011

    Dr John Becker
    Dr John Becker

    The ACGT partner institutions have appointed Dr John Becker as the new ACGT Manager. Dr Becker took over from Dr Jane Morris, who announced her retirement as the Centre’s Director last year after serving in the position since the inception of the ACGT. (more…)

  • ACGT research intern relishes the opportunity to ‘give back’

    ACGT research intern relishes the opportunity to ‘give back’
    22nd Jan 2011

    The ACGT recently welcomed Jessika Samuels to the team as a research intern. Jessika is responsible for the maintenance of the ACGT database of biosciences research skills, techniques and specialised equipment of scientists at the University of Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, CSIR, University of Johannesburg and University of Limpopo. (more…)

  • Africa’s next generation of academics in the spotlight at international gathering

    Africa’s next generation of academics in the spotlight at international gathering
    20th Dec 2010

    December 2010

    As part of its participation in SABINA (Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products) – a Carnegie-IAS RISE network – the ACGT was recently represented at the Carnegie Corporation Networks Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. (more…)

  • Opportunities for cooperation in plant biotechnology under the spotlight at regional Forum meeting

    Opportunities for cooperation in plant biotechnology under the spotlight at regional Forum meeting
    19th Dec 2010

    December 2010

    Following on the success of the first scientific meeting of the Regional Plant Biotechnology Forum at the University of Johannesburg earlier this year, the Forum recently held another meeting on 15 October at University of Pretoria under the auspices of the ACGT. (more…)

  • Forum on regional networks brings African institutions closer together

    Forum on regional networks brings African institutions closer together
    18th Dec 2010

    December 2010

    The RISE (Regional Initiative in Science and Education) recently brought together students, academics, administrators and government representatives from its five member networks for its 2010 Conference. The Meeting was organised by the ACGT office and held from 5 to 8 October in Benoni, Gauteng.
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  • POL-SABINA gets valuable exposure to funder objectives and expectations

    POL-SABINA gets valuable exposure to funder objectives and expectations
    16th Dec 2010

    December 2011

    SABINA’s Ella Nyakunu at the EU-ACP EDULINK and ACP Science & Technology Programmes the Joint Stakeholder Conference

    The ACGT associate network, SABINA, was recently represented by Ella Nyakunu at the Joint Stakeholder Conference of the EU-ACP EDULINK and ACP Science & Technology Programmes. The Conference was held from 26 to 28 of October 2010, at the ACP House in Brussels. (more…)

  • Landmark southern African human genome initiative gets the ‘green light’

    Landmark southern African human genome initiative gets the ‘green light’
    14th Dec 2010

    December 2010

    The Southern African Human Genome Programme has recently been successful in securing seed-funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to kick-start the work of this ground-breaking national initiative. It is truly a national project which will involve a collaboration between scientists at education institutions, science councils, government and industry. ACGT’s partner institutions will be part of this project.
    (more…)

  • UJ hosts first scientific meeting of ACGT Regional Plant Biotech Forum

    UJ hosts first scientific meeting of ACGT Regional Plant Biotech Forum
    22nd Jun 2010

    June 2010

    Following the success of the 2009 ACGT Regional Plant Biotechnology Forum workshop, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted the Forum’s first scientific meeting on 25 May 2010. (more…)

  • Plant Genomics Researchers Invited to View the Preliminary 8X Draft Assembly of the Eucalyptus grandis Genome

    22nd May 2010

    May 2010

    The preliminary 8X draft assembly of the E. grandis genome, which is being sequenced by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), is available from today in our public Eucalyptus Genome Database (EucalyptusDB).   Members of the Eucalyptus research community and the wider plant genomics community are invited to make use of this resource, which is already widely accessed.
    Some notes on this release:

    1. The genome browser in EucalyptusDB has been updated to Generic Genome Browser (GBrowse) version 2.0.
    2. The browser for the preliminary 4.5X (checkpoint) assembly will remain accessible, but is currently also being updated to GBrowse 2.0.
    3. The 8X assembly released on EucalyptusDB is the first draft assembly that incorporates all of the Sanger sequences produced for the  E. grandis genome.  The assembly is still being updated and the current release is therefore likely to be incomplete in some regions and will change in the next release.  A more complete draft assembly and draft annotation will be released on Phytozome later in 2010.
    4. The draft 8X assembly consists of 6043 genome scaffolds covering 693 Mbp.  This total is somewhat inflated due to the fact that approximately 20% of the genome is currently assembling into two parallel haplotypes (both included in the 693 Mbp) due to very high heterozygosity in some regions of the E. grandis genome.  This will be resolved in the next release of the genome assembly.

    The initial analysis of a high quality draft E. grandis genome sequence will be published in 2011.  The principal investigators and collaborators of the E. grandis Genome Project intend to publish genome-wide analyses of features such as genes, protein families, metabolic pathways, non-coding RNA and repetitive DNA in the main genome paper, associated papers and in subsequent publications.  Interested persons are encouraged to contact the principle investigators (Zander MyburgDario Grattapaglia or Jerry Tuskan to coordinate collaborative efforts aimed at producing such publications.
    We also invite members of the Eucalyptus research community and all other interested persons to register as members on the EUCAGEN website.

    Zander Myburg
    EUCAGEN COORDINATOR