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U of G’s Genetic Archive Now Open to World

Posted May 14, 2018 - 12:47pm

One of the planet's largest collections of DNA samples - a genetic Noah's ark held at the University of Guelph representing Canadian creatures from mites to whales - is now available to reseatchers through the GGBN Data Portal, adding roughly 1.5 million DNA extracts to GGBN's online collection, which not totals over 3.6 million records online.

2018 GGBN-GGI Awards Program

Posted February 1, 2018 - 1:17pm

The GGBN-GGI Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding in support of projects that promote the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal (http://www.ggbn.org/ ).

Open access genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods

Posted January 9, 2018 - 11:20am

Genome sequencing initiatives like the Arthropod i5k project and other biodiversity genomics research rely on access to high quality DNA and/or tissue. Global collection initiatives such as the Smithsonian Global Genome Initiative (GGI) and its partner network, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) aim to provide access to these resources at high-quality standards. Here, we review progress toward providing genomic resources (tissues, DNA, genomes) for terrestrial arthropods, a megadiverse animal group, and compare progress in genome sequencing to all other animals....

GGBN 2018 Conference

Posted December 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

Announcing GGBN/Specify Integration

Posted November 15, 2017 - 3:16pm

The Specify Software Project (www.specifysoftware.org) is pleased to announce the fruition of a joint software effort with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (www.ggbn.org) to facilitate the communication of genetic sample data to the GGBN Portal from biological museums around the world...

Read the full post here: http://www.sustain.specifysoftware.org/2017/11/15/1913/

2017 GGBN-GGI Award Call for Proposals

Posted January 31, 2017 - 10:14am

The Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding for projects that support the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal (http://www.ggbn.org/). The submission deadline for proposals this year is 1 May 2017. The Proposal Review Committee will consider requests for up to $30,000 with clearly articulated budget justifications.

GGBN 2017 Regional North American Workshop

Posted January 30, 2017 - 4:58pm

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network Workshop on Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in North America
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.
April 11-13, 2017

GGBN 2017 Regional Asian Workshop

Posted November 17, 2016 - 11:00am

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network Workshop on Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in Asia
China National Genebank (CNGB), Shenzhen, China
July 21-22, 2017

Collections

Storing genomic collections on ice in one of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's partner biodiversity repositories. Storing genomic collections on ice in one of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's partner biodiversity repositories.

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Sequencing initiatives like the Earth BioGenome Project, i5K, GIGA and Genome10K depend on access to DNA and tissue collected and preserved according to high quality standards in order to meet their research goals. Until now, these genetic samples have been difficult to find, inhibiting the potential for discovery in areas of research such as conservation, environmental monitoring, and food safety. GGI is meeting this research demand through targeted collecting and preservation efforts. As a result of these collections, today and far in to the future, researchers from countless disciplines will study plant and animal samples preserved by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History scientists, GGBN and GGI Garden partners.

Collection Efforts at National Museum of Natural History

Through its Peer and Rolling awards programs, GGI has funded over 100 Smithsonian projects to collect and preserve Earth’s biodiversity in the Smithsonian’s biorepository. The Smithsonian’s biorepository is perhaps the flagship facility for biodiversity genomics and seeks to maintain that position through the continued growth and investment in genetic collections for research both at the Smithsonian and globally. Through GGI’s support, the NMNH has made more than 100,000 standardized plant and animal genetic samples discoverable for research.

Global Collections Efforts

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network

Early on, GGI working within the unique framework of the Smithsonian, focused on eliminating the biggest obstacle obstructing universal genomic research: the preservation of, and access to, genomic samples. Realizing that global progress towards this goal required international partnership and collaboration, GGI founded and leads GGBN, the pre-eminent worldwide guide to accessible biodiversity genomic samples.

GGBN is an international network of biorepositories because multilateral collaboration is essential in the 21st century. As of December 2018, this five year old, rapidly expanding network has over 80 members in 30 countries, over 1.8 million samples, and already contains over a third of all biological families on Earth. GGBN is a “big data” one-stop index to all scientific genomic samples on Earth, serving as the infrastructure for GGI collections.

GGI Gardens

With the collections infrastructure well in place through GGBN, the Global Genome Initiative is now focusing its efforts in strategically filling those collections starting with gaps in plant biodiversity. The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is an international partnership dedicated to preserving and understanding plant diversity on Earth by sampling tissues from gardens, greenhouses, and arboreta and making the records of these tissues discoverable for research in order to better understand their relevance to humanity. As of December 2018, the Gardens partnership consists of 19 members from five countries working towards the preservation and discoverability of their living collections.

There are an estimated 350,000 species of plants on Earth and a large number of them have not yet been discovered or described. Collecting, much less preserving genome-quality tissue samples, for so many organisms is a monumental task, but one that GGI-Gardens is prepared to tackle. Unlike animals, extraordinary proportions of all plant diversity have been in cultivation by gardeners literally for millennia. One third of the botanic gardens around the world contain more than 30% of land plant species, 59% of land plant genera, and 75% of land plant families, globally. From this strategic perspective, botanic gardens are uniquely positioned to answer to the GGI mission—to preserve and understand Earth’s genomic biodiversity.

Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity

Green plants are one of the most diverse groups of life on Earth. Since the Egyptian Pharaohs started the world's first arboretum, the importance of preserving the diversity of plant life has been understood. Today, all across the world, green houses, arboretums, and seed banks are working to preserve plant diversity. GGI helps to take their missions to the next level with its project: GGI Gardens.

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