Wageningen University & Research Centre and agricultural biotech firm KeyGene will open a joint next-generation DNA sequencing facility for their researchers, customers, and collaborators, the two Dutch organizations said this week.
The new facility, which will be equipped with an Illumina HiSeq 2000, a PacBio RS sequencer, and bioinformatics infrastructure, is funded with €1.7 million ($2.3 million), which includes support from CAT-AgroFood, a joint organization of the Dutch government, the province of Gelderland, and Wageningen UR.
Researchers will use the facility to study microbial, plant, animal, and human samples in projects that will be executed by either KeyGene or Wageningen UR. KeyGene plans to use the new resource for sequence-based plant-breeding applications that the company has developed over the last few years, such as a physical mapping method (IS 2/1/2011), a mutation detection method, a SNP identification method, and a genotyping method.
In addition, the facility is expected to enhance collaborations between Wageningen UR and KeyGene.