Draft genome assemblies for Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis available
We are excited to announce the release of our draft genome assemblies of the threatened elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata and the staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis. Although we are continuing to improve these assemblies, they already match or exceed those of the other published coral genomes for many quality metrics and so, in the interest of open data access and accelerating scientific progress we are making them available ahead of publication.
We generated this data as part of a collaborative project with Webb Miller at Pennsylvania State University and Nicole Fogarty's Lab at NOVA Southeastern University. Because these assemblies are still undergoing refinement and have not yet been published, please register before using the data so that we can reach you with updates and coordinate interests. Please send a request via email with your intended use of the data by contacting Iliana Baums, and cc Meghann Devlin-Durante and Sheila Kitchen. Major funding for this project was provided by the National Science Foundation, OCE-1537959.
If you are attending the Society for Integrative Biology annual meeting this week, Sheila and Iliana will be presenting some of the results that have come from these new genomic resources. Come chat with us about genomes, corals, and possible projects.
Reef Resilience Webinar - December 7, 2017
Assisted Evolution: A Novel Tool to Overcome the Conservation Crisis?
December 7, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:15pm CET (3:00am – 11:15am EST)
Join us for a discussion of the legal, social, ethical and scientific landscape of conservation genetics today. This symposium will be live streamed on December 7 from 9:00am – 5:15pm CET (3:00am – 11:15am EST) and is part of the Coral Restoration Consortium webinar series in conjunction with The Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and “The Future Ocean” cluster in Kiel. Speakers will share information on new approaches for the conservation of coral reefs such as assisted colonization and assisted evolution and synthetic biology.