Next flow and Nf-core workshops: some numbers

The workshop “Reproducible Genomics Workflows using Nextflow and Nf-core” organized by the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), a BovReg partner, took place on the 17th-20th of November.

It has been a great opportunity for the animal genomics community to learn how to implement bioinformatics workflows following best practices in terms of computational reproducibility and interoperability using Nextflow. Nextflow has become one of the most popular bioinformatics workflow managers. Its large set of features provide the toolkit to implement fully portable, replicable, scalable workflows in a seamless manner. The workshop included a Nextflow tutorial and hackathon, Keynote speakers, and contributed talks selected from participants’ abstracts.

The workshop received 84 applications from 31 different countries. The selected participants were 41 attendees (28 male, 13 female).

The streaming videos of the workshop which received 573 views between the 12th of November and the 9th of December 2020 are now available on the YouTube channel of BovReg project here.

The workshop has received very positive feedback from the participants of whom 75% declared to be very satisfied and almost 93% would recommend this workshop for the future.

 

Check out this new US project, webinar on October 28th

The BovReg advisory board member Brenda Murdoch from the University of Idaho has just started an interesting US  project on the genome to phenome prediction in agriculture.
The project is open to international input and its focus areas are:
  • HT genotyping
  • Workshops
  • Data training
It will also combine crop-related project partners and topics with US FAANG project partners.
A virtual introduction of the project will take place on October 28th.
For more information check here

FAANG dedicated page to BovReg

The Functional Anotation of ANimal Genomes project – FAANG produced a dedicated page to the BovReg project highlighting the publications, specimens and datasets published by BovReg. The BovReg consortium will provide a comprehensive map of functionally active genomic features in cattle and how their (epi)genetic variation in beef and dairy breeds translates into phenotypes.

You can find it at https://data.faang.org/projects/BovReg.

Registrations open: CRG online workshop – November 17th-20th 2020

Registrations are now open for the workshop “Reproducible genomics workflows using Nextflow and nf-core” that will take place remotely November 17h-20h 2020.

This workshop, organized by the CRG, will be a great opportunity for the animal genomics community to learn how to implement bioinformatics workflows following best practices in terms of computational reproducibility and interoperability using Nextflow. Nextflow has become one of the more popular bioinformatics workflow managers. Its large set of features provide the toolkit to implement fully portable, replicable, scalable workflows in a seamless manner. The workshop will include a Nextflow tutorial and hackathon, Keynote speakers, and contributed talks selected from participants abstracts.

Places will be limited to a maximum of 30 attendees.

The registration deadline is October 25th.

You can find more details HERE

You can now register HERE

 

1st BovReg online General Assembly took place!

1st BovReg General Assembly was held online on 21st-22nd September!

The two-day conference hosted more than 40 participants and scheduled both partners’ updates windows and break-out sessions. Despite the online meeting was successful, BovReg consortium wishes to meet in Europe face to face very soon!


EAAP registration to the Virtual Meeting is now open!

The EAAP Annual Meeting will be held on-line from December 1st to 4th, 2020.

We will showcase hundreds hours of programming delivered through plenty of scientific sessions, workshops, plenary sessions, interactive and innovative exhibit hall, live discussions about the latest animal science topics.

The Early Registration, before September 15th, is discounted. Those who submitted abstracts for the 2020 annual meeting must also be registered before September 15th.

To register click here.

Don’t miss this important event!

Graham Plastow’s recent talk on smart farming, livestock and genomics

We often hear about the smart farm where sensors, automated equipment, drones, and other high-tech machinery and software are all connectedWhat could this “precision agriculture” mean for livestock and genomics? These themes were part of the presentations, Gentec CEO Graham Plastow, who is also a key scientist in the BovReg consortium, gave at The Roslin Institute’s Future of Livestock Production workshop and the 25th Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences Conference.

Dr. Plastow presented, how researchers can now describe animals in increasing detail, from their genotype (genomics) to what genes are expressed when and where (transcriptomics and proteomics), the molecules they generate (metabolomics) and even how their microbiome interacts with the animals. The microbiome is a key element of ruminants upgrading grass and other plant resources that humans can’t eat.

In these talks, Dr. Plastow added the opportunity represented by the “internet of things,” from wearables to monitor activity and behaviour or remote imaging technology that can identify and collect phentoypes in real time to help us understand which animals are eating, what, when, how and why (see full report here).

UALBERTA associated researchers are co-authors of two new studies

BovReg associated researchers at UALBERTA are co-authors of two papers published on BMC Genomics. These two studies represent one of the most comprehensive GWAS analyses in beef cattle in terms of high DNA marker density (7.8M SNPs) and larger sample size (>7500 for feed efficiency) in a single study. Understanding the genetic architecture of major performance traits (feed efficiency and carcass merit) in beef cattle will help us design better genomic prediction strategies to select more efficient cattle with improved meat quality. These studies will feed into BovReg which will address these traits as well as expand into dairy cows as well as other breeds and crossbred cattle.

Bovreg on Twitter and Facebook

BovReg Twitter and Facebook accounts are now available! Follow us and share the link among your network contacts!

BovReg second press release

BovReg second press release is issued.