The MULTINATIONAL BRASSICA GENOME PROJECT (MBGP)
The Multinational Brassica Genome Project was established in 2002, following discussions amongst members of the international research community who were at that time involved in developing a number of genomic resources.
Current efforts are focused on establishment of a Brassica Information System, development of associated standards for describing data entities and experimental resources, and in ongoing sharing of information.
Annual meetings of an ad hoc Steering Group are held at least once a year (at PAG, but also when possible at other international meetings). Minutes are recorded below
A moderated mailing list is available for sharing information and announcements with colleagues wordldwide.
A Roadmap for the Brassica Information System has been generated (2018)
The MBGP arose through the recognition of the benefits of internaational collaboration and co-ordination, especially with respect to development and dissemination of experimental resources and information. The MBGP Steering Committee has an agreed defined remit, with clear set of responsibilities. Several sub-committees exist to manage specific tasks. These include the Brassica rapa Genome Sequencing Project (BrGSP) Management Committee , the MBGP TILLING consortium, and others focused on development of a common bioinformatics framework. In Jan 2010, it was agreed that the MBGP SC and BrGSP would merge. The current Chair is Graham King.
The MBGP Steering Committee aims to meet at least once a year. This usually includes a main meeting at the annual Plant Animal Genome conference in San Diego, held in January. Additional meetings are held whenever there is a relevant major international brassica conference. Minutes of meetings are available here.
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