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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 22
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 11:42:19 -0500

Thanks are given to Dr. Yniv Palti and Dr. Krista Nichols. The 2009 NRSP8 Aquaculture Genome Workshop was held in conjunction with the International Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference in San Diego, CA. Dr. Yniv Palti of the USDA/ARS National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture served as the organizer of the workshop and the Chair. He has done a terrific job. We are grateful for his great effort and dedication. The workshop was well organized and we are grateful to lots of work and efforts they put into the program. Dr. Krista Nichols of Purdue University served as the Aquaculture NRSP8 secretary and Chair-Elect.

Krista Nichols is the next Aquaculture Genome Workshop organizer: Dr. Krista Nichols of Purdue University will be our organizer for the 2010 NRSP8 Aquaculture Genome Workshop to be held in early January 2010 in San Diego. If you have any suggestions concerning the format of the workshop and/or invited speakers, please contact Dr. Nichols at

Matt Rise is elected as the organizer for the Aquaculture Genome Workshop in 2011: Dr. Matthew Rise ( of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, was elected to be Chairelect/ secretary for 2010 and will be the Chair and organizer of the Aquaculture Genome Workshop in 2011.

Sylvie Quiniou elected as Coordinator for Catfish: Dr. Sylvie Quiniou of USDA ARS Catfish Genetics Unit at Stoneville, Mississippi has been elected as Coordinator for Catfish under the NRSP-8 Aquaculture. Please join me to congratulate her for this new function.

NRSP-8 Aquaculture species coordinators are to have a conference call: The species coordinators of NRSP-8 Aquaculture will have a conference call on April 23, 2009 to discuss strategies of aquaculture genomics. If you have any issues of concern, please contact your species coordinator so he/she can bring them to the conference call.

Shrimp microarray available: The Marine Genomic program at the Hollings Marine Lab is pleased to announce the construction and validation of a large scale unigene array for Litopeanus sp, resulting from the recent completion of the EST sequencing of the shrimp transcriptome by the late Dr. Paul Gross supported a USDA grant. The array consists of nearly 22K shrimp unigenes along with suitable controls and landing lights and has preformed exceptionally well in the QA/QC validation tests. The shrimp unigenes are represented in duplicates on each array to permit validation of the performance and a number of control spots, which permit assessment of non-specific binding as well as provisions for spike in controls are provided. All genes represented on the arrays are in the public domain and available at www.marine and in GenBank at NCBI. The arrays are available for purchase at