The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and the Chair Plant Biotechnology at the University of Freiburg invite to participate in a workshop on the annotation of the Physcomitrella genome to be held September 13th – 15th, 2010 in Freiburg, Germany.
The moss Physcomitrella patens has become a model organism in applied and in basic biology. Its genome was sequenced at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) of the US Department of Energy and published in 2008 by a consortium of 70 researchers from 45 different laboratories. This publication was spear-headed by three scientists (PD Dr. Stefan Rensing, Dr. Daniel Lang, Andreas Zimmer) from the group of Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski who were instrumental in the bioinformatic analyses of the genome sequences produced by the JGI. Funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG) the Freiburg scientists developed the internet resource www.cosmoss.org for all information around the moss genome.
In their attempt to train newcomers in the field as well as to recruit researchers from all over the world to help in further annotation of moss genes, Reski and colleagues now invite to participate in the “cosmoss.org Physcomitrella genome workshop” in Freiburg, Germany. “We will provide the frame for a lively working atmosphere with ample space for hands-on mining and annotating the moss genome. In addition we will provide insights into genomic resources for other bryophytes”, Ralf Reski says. To ensure a productive workshop the number of participants is limited to 50 and online registration via www.cosmoss.org/register is requested. The fast growing appreciation of moss research is evidenced by the support of this workshop from the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and by donations from twelve different private companies.