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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 27
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:47:24 -0500

PAG 2012 Aquaculture Genomics Workshop: The Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) Aquaculture Workshop will be held in San Diego January 14-15, 2012. The theme for this year¡¦s Aquaculture Workshop is: ¡§New Genomics Technologies and their Impact on finfish and shellfish functional genomics¡¨. Invited speakers will include Dr. Goro Yoshizaki (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology), Dr. John Postlethwait (University of Oregon), Dr. Shane Burgess (University of Arizona). Additional speakers for the 1.5 day workshop will be chosen by the committee from abstracts submitted directly via e-mail to the Aquaculture Workshop Chair, Dr. Sylvie Quiniou ( In order to be selected for an oral presentation, you must meet the abstract submission deadline of September 30, 2011.

Abstract Submission and Review: Abstracts to be considered for oral presentations at the PAG Aquaculture Genomics Workshop must be submitted by email to Sylvie Quiniou ( by September 30, 2011. Please note that all abstracts (for both oral and poster presentations) must ALSO be submitted directly to PAG using the PAG website (deadline: November 1, 2011). Abstracts being considered for an oral presentation will be reviewed by committee after the September 30 2011 internal deadline, and those selected for oral presentations will be notified in October 2011. Abstracts will be judged on both the scientific quality of the abstract, and interest to USDA National Animal Genome Project (National Research Support Project NRSP-8) aquaculture species stakeholders.

Travel Award Applications: The Aquaculture Genomics Group of the NRSP-8 is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Travel Bursaries, of up to $1000, to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at PAG to be held January 14-18, 2012. All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who will submit an abstract to the Aquaculture workshop are eligible for consideration. Applicants should submit all the required items as listed below by September 30, 2011, through e-mail to Sylvie Quiniou ( 1) the abstract to be submitted to PAG, including the title and authors; 2) a statement of the anticipated costs for the applicant to attend the PAG meeting, including information on additional resources (if any) that will be available to support their attendance; and 3) Travel award applicants MUST also arrange for their supervisor to send an e-mail to Sylvie Quiniou confirming their status as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Award selections will be made and awardees will be notified soon after the September 30 deadline. Awards will be paid after the meeting as a travel stipend.

International Symposium on Aquaculture Genetics XI (ISGA XI): The International Symposium on Aquaculture Genetics XI (ISGA XI) will be held June 24-30, 2012 at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn University, Alabama, USA. Sessions are planned in the following areas: 1) Quantitative Genetics and Selective Breeding; 2) Biotechnology (Polyploidy, Sex Reversal and Breeding, Genetic Stem Cell Applications; 3) Transgenics; 4) Ethics, Food Safety and Environmental Risk of Genetic Enhancement Programs; and 5) Applied Genomics (Marker Assisted Selection and Whole Genome Selection). The objectives of the conference are for the international community of aquaculture geneticists and genomists including both researchers and graduate students 1) to share the latest research on aquaculture genetics and applied genomics for genetic enhancement of farmed fish, shellfish and crustaceans, 2) to link the past, present and future of aquaculture genetics, 3) to present the current state of the integration of breeding, genetics and genomics for genetic enhancement, 4) to provide a forum for aquaculture geneticists to learn from leaders in terrestrial animal research on the latest developments on integrating breeding, genetics and genomics for improving performance and 5) to develop strategies to utilize the genomics data from the past 20 years for practical application of the genetic enhancement of farmed aquatic animals. Pre- and post-conference tours are being planned. The keynote speaker will be Jeremy Taylor, Professor and Wurdack Chair in Animal Genomics, Division of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri lecturing on Applied Genomics to Accelerate Genetic Improvement Programs. Details, registration information and updates can be found at If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the conference Chairman, Dr. Rex Dunham (