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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 18
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2008 14:43:53 -0500

Congratulations to Dr. Geoff Waldbieser on a great success of the Aquaculture Genomics Workshop: The 2008 NRSP8 Aquaculture Genome Workshop was held in conjunction with the International Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference in San Diego, CA. Dr. Geoff Waldbieser of the USDA/ARS Catfish Genetics Research Unit served as the Program Chair and Yniv Palti of the USDA/ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture served as the Aquaculture NRSP8 secretary and Program Chair-Elect. In attendance were well over 100 in the morning, with 75 participants signed in from 14 countries; USA, UK, Chinese Taiwan, Canada, Belgium, France, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Sweden, Poland, and Norway. This year's meeting was focused on genome duplication and genome sequencing topics. The Saturday morning session consisted of three invited speakers followed by a roundtable discussion with the speakers. The morning session was focused on comparative genomics and bioinformatics. John Postlethwait, University of Oregon, presented examples for the consequences of genome duplication in teleost fish using zebrafish stickleback and spotted gar, and proposed using the gar as a reference form of the pre-duplication common ancestor. Glenn Tesler of UC San Diego described processes and algorithms for calculating chromosomal rearrangements and reconstruction of the genomic architecture of the ancestral mammals. Warren Snelling, USDA-ARS-MARC, described how the composite genome maps were integrated in the Bovine and proposed it as a model for aquatic species. After lunch, there were eight contributed oral presentations; three by graduate student/post doc travel award recipients, two by graduate/post-doctoral scientists, and three by primary investigators. Additional invited presentations were given by Federica diPalma from the Broad Institute, MIT, who talked about sequencing the genomes of non-traditional model organisms for better understanding of adaptive evolution, and by Richard Hilderman who talked about the new South Carolina marine and aquaculture genomics initiative that is spearheaded by the Clemson University Genomic Institute. The Aquaculture Business Meeting was conducted by Dr. John Liu, followed by a poster session that included a reception sponsored by Genome Canada, Genome BC and Genome Atlantic. On Sunday morning the species progress reports were presented (see ANNUAL REPORT), followed by 13 contributed oral presentations. At least seven of the presentations were given by students or postdocs. This year's Workshop was a great success. Congratulations to Dr. Geoff Waldbieser for his great leadership and efforts for organizing the Workshop.

Aquaculture Genome elected co-coordinator: In consideration of large scopes and a wide range of species involved in aquaculture genome research, a co-coordinator was elected. Dr. Caird Rexroad of National Cold and Cool Water Aquaculture Center will serve as co-coordinator for aquaculture genome projects, along with John Liu for the coming years.

Dr. Yniv Palti will be the next Workshop's organizer: Dr. Yniv Palti of the National Cold and Cool Water Aquaculture Center will be our organizer for Aquaculture Workshop next year in 2009. If you have any suggestions on the format of the Workshop, please contact Dr. Pati (

Dr. Krista Nichols elected Chair-elect for Aquaculture Genome Project: Dr. Krista Nichols ( of Purdue University was elected Chair-elect for Aquaculture Genome Project, and she will serve as secretory for 2008 and will become the chair in 2009. Dr. Nichols has worked on trout genomics.

Dr. Yniv Palti was elected coordinator for Salmonids species: US Aquaculture Genome currently include six species groups including salmonids, catfish, tilapia, shrimps, oysters, and striped bass. Former coordinator for Salmonids, Dr. Caird Rexroad, was elected the co-coordinator for the entire Aquaculture Genome Project; Dr. Yniv Palti replaces Dr. Rexroad for the coordination of salmonids genomics projects. Thanks to Caird for his service as the Salmonids Coordinator in the last five years.

Aquaculture Stakeholder Meeting: The stakeholder meeting of aquaculture will be hold April 15 and 16th in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, please visit

Graduate Assistantship Available: Graduate Assistantship Available in Diseases of Marine Organisms at the University of Rhode Island, with a focus on genomics and bioinformatics. For details, please visit

The Sixth Annual Workshop on "Genetic Improvement and Selective Breeding for the Hybrid Striped Bass Industry" will be held at Aquaculture America 2008 "Beyond Magic - Competing in World Markets" The National Conference and Exposition of The World Aquaculture Society in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY FROM 1:30 - 4:30 PM IN FIESTA 7 ROOM OF DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT.