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June 21, 2021

Genome to Phenome Research Community Wins Grant for Next Phase

A new federal grant will expand the impact of a project creating a shared vision across research communities for crops, livestock and data engineering, known as the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI).

The $960,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture supports phase II of the three-year Iowa State University-led AG2PI effort. The program won initial NIFA funding of $960,000 last September. Genomics to phenomics research generally explores how an organism’s genome, or complete set of DNA, influences expression of observable, phenotypic traits -- and often how these traits are influenced by environmental factors.

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September 11, 2020

Iowa State University Leads New project to Build Genome to Phenome Research Community Across Crops and Livestock

By Ann Robinson, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new federal grant will support an Iowa State University-led effort to spur development of a genome to phenome infrastructure for scientific collaboration across crops and livestock.

The three-year, $960,000 project will provide guidance and lay the groundwork for a larger federal Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

Researchers working from genomics to phenomics explore how genomes (organisms' complete set of DNA) influence the expression of observable, phenotypic traits. With sufficient understanding of these relationships, it becomes possible to predict phenotypic traits based on an organism's genome/DNA sequence. The USDA's goal is to foster a broad community of researchers to use genome to phenome approaches as a foundation for improving the efficiency and resilience of U.S. agriculture.

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