NEW YORK, June 8 – The National Center for Genome Resources said Friday it has received funding totaling $839,000 for three separate projects from the National Science Foundation, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, and New Mexico State University.
The funding will go towards projects in gene expression, integrated system, and pathways, all of which are currently underway.
The NSF has awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant to NCGR to develop a proof of concept for its GeneX Information System, which is designed to improve researchers’ understanding of gene expression. The project will look to create an Internet-accessible database and software tools that are independent of gene expression technology platforms and can be deployed in the lab, across departments, or globally.
NCGR will collaborate with scientists at the University of California, Irvine.
NCGR has also received $148,000 from four member institutes of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research to lead a one-year bioinformatics project to build a prototypic system that integrates crop breeding and crop performance information with molecular information available at public web sites.
NCGR will work with the Consultative Group’s research centers to develop software tools that will allow scientists to compare genomic maps of different species and integrate that information with information about pedigrees,
molecular markers, and germplasm performance.
The research centers have done work in developing countries to increase crop yields and promote sustainable farming of crops including rice, wheat, corn, beans, potatoes, sweetpotatoes and cassava.
Finally, NCGR received $191,000 from New Mexico State University for an eight-month project to enhance the PathDB database and analytical tools. The project is part of New Mexico State’s contract with the US Army to operate the National Biotechnology Information Facility in Las Cruces.
PathDB is a general metabolic pathways database intended to represent current knowledge of metabolism.
NCGR will create a PathDB mirror website at the National Biotechnology Information Facility and adapt the relational database management system to use Oracle software. This will help to support the facility’s effort to provide single-point access to a vast store of widely distributed biotechnology information, develop educational
and bioinformatics services, and provide training in biotechnology.
NCGR will also establish PathDB user services such as an e-mail announcement system.