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August 31, 2021

Grants Awarded for Multidisciplinary Research in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome Arena

The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded seven grants to institutions across the country for projects that help advance crop and livestock genetics research.

Projects such as this will help advance the field of genome-to-phenome research by identifying ways to share data and approaches across crops and livestock, said Patrick Schnable, AG2PI lead scientist and distinguished professor at Iowa State University. We anticipate that some researchers will be able to leverage their seed grants into larger studies.

The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The goal of AG2PI is to connect crop and livestock scientists to each other and to those working in data science, statistics, engineering and social sciences to identify shared problems and collaborate on solutions. The AG2PI program includes three rounds of seed grants, of which these are the first round of recipients. The seed grants help to address genome-to-phenome issues and develop solutions for research needs and identify gaps as well as sharing opportunities.

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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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