Meeting Report: Soybean Genomics Assessment and Strategy Workshop
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On July 19 - 20, 2005, approximately 50 researchers and administrators with expert knowledge of soybean genomics participated in a workshop in St.Louis, MO, which was hosted by the Soybean Genetics Executive Committee and supported by the United Soybean Board. The workshop began with a series of presentations by experts in the topics discussed below. Each presentation was designed to update the audience on the current status of soybean resources and related genomics technologies. Following the presentations the participants divided into discussion groups to assess the status of soybean genomics, identify needs, and identify milestones to achieve objectives. The discussion groups included the general areas of Functional Genomics A (Transcriptome and Proteome), Functional Genomic B (Reverse Genetics), Physical and Genetic Maps, and Bioinformatics. After each discussion section the entire group reconvened to hear group reports and to further discuss each topic. The following is the report from this Workshop. It represents a consensus of the participants of the Workshop and it is structured to integrate with a White Paper generated in 2003 so that progress can be better monitored over time. The results of this report are consistent with those of a National Science Foundation soybean genomics workshop held in 2004 (St. Louis, MO) and a Cross-Legume workshop also held in 2004 (Santa Fe, NM).