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JGI Selects 41 Projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program

November 11, 2011

The Joint Genome Institute (JGI) of the U.S. Department of Energy has selected 41 projects that will use its sequencing services as part of the 2012 Community Sequencing Program. Researchers of the chosen projects will study plant-microbe interactions, how microbes are involved in carbon capture and greenhouse gas emission, and metagenomics.

"These selections truly take advantage of the DOE JGI's massive-scale sequencing and data analysis capabilities," DOE JGI Director Eddy Rubin said in a statement. "The projects span the globe and the unexplored branches of the tree of life, and promise to yield a better understanding of the interplay between climate, ecosystem, and organism. Still other projects are targeting improvements in biofuel feedstock production, focusing on the potential of microorganisms to improve feedstock growth and prevent devastating diseases that hinder yields."

The winning projects include proposals from the University of North Carolina, University of California, University of Vienna, and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Read the media release at http://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/jgi-names-2012-community-sequencing-projects. View the complete list of sequencing projects for 2012 CSP at http://www.jgi.doe.gov/sequencing/cspseqplans2012.html.