Genome breeding research to phenomenon receives financial boost


“Projects like this will help advance the field of genome-to-phenomenon research by identifying ways to share data and approaches between crops and livestock,” said Patrick Schnable, AG2PI senior scientist and distinguished professor at Iowa State University. “We anticipate that some researchers will be able to leverage their seed grants in larger studies. “

The Agricultural Genome Initiative to Phenomenon is a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture. The goal of AG2PI is to connect crop and livestock scientists with each other and with those working in data science, statistics, engineering and social sciences to identify common problems and collaborate on solutions. The AG2PI program comprises three rounds of seed grants, of which this is the first round of recipients. Seed grants help solve genome issues to the phenomenon and develop solutions for research needs and identify gaps as well as sharing opportunities.

Projects and teams receiving AG2PI Round 1 seed grants include:

  • Ethics, Diversity and Inclusiveness in G2P Research: Cassandra Dorius, Iowa State University, Shawn Dorius, Rachael Voas, and Kelsey Van Selous.
  • Cattle-to-Herd Genome Phenotyping for Precision Agriculture: Stephanie McKay, University of Vermont; Darren Hagen, Oklahoma State University; Robert Schnabel, University of Missouri; Brenda Murdoch, University of Idaho
  • Enhancing High Throughput Phenotyping Using UAVs: Max Feldman, USDA-Agricultural Research Service; Filipe Matias, North Dakota State University; Jennifer Lachowiec, Montana State University; David LeBauer, University of Arizona
  • Identifying Educational Resources and Gaps in AG2P Data Science Across Plant and Animal Agriculture Genomics: Breno Fragomeni, University of Connecticut; Cédric Gondro and Tasia Taxis, Michigan State University; Margaret Young, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina
  • Machine Learning Competition for G2P and End of Season Phenotype Prediction: Abby Stylianou and Madison Pope, St. Louis University, Missouri
  • Optimizing 3D Canopy Architecture for Better Harvests: Bedrich Benes, Purdue University; Duke Pauli and Fiona McCarthy, University of Arizona; James Schnable, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Seeding of public-private partnerships for AG2P training: Addie Thompson, Tammy Long and Jyothi Kumar, Michigan State University.

“Funded projects will bring people together and foster new collaborations across disciplines, institutions and career levels, allowing their knowledge and skills to influence each other,” said Ed Kaleikau, USDA NIFA. “It will also expose the farming community to different ideas and new ways of thinking to enable and catalyze future genome science to the phenomenon.”

Grants range from $ 15,000 to $ 20,000, and projects will take six to 12 months to complete. Multi-institutional and interdisciplinary projects help develop community-based solutions to research needs and opportunities in G2P fields of study.

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