21st Mar 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…)
22nd Feb 2011
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…)
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…)
- 20th Dec 2010
19th Dec 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…)
18th Dec 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.
16th Dec 2010
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…)
14th Dec 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.
22nd Jun 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…)
22nd 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:
- The genome browser in EucalyptusDB has been updated to Generic Genome Browser (GBrowse) version 2.0.
- The browser for the preliminary 4.5X (checkpoint) assembly will remain accessible, but is currently also being updated to GBrowse 2.0.
- 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.
- 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 Myburg, Dario 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.