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BGI-Research and International Institutions Jointly Launch "Global Bryophyte Genome Consortium" at ICMBS 2024

June 06, 2024 Views:

On June 4, BGI-Research, in collaboration with the University of Connecticut and other esteemed institutions, launched the "Global Bryophyte Genome Consortium" initiative. This groundbreaking consortium was announced at the conclusion of the 2024 International Conference on the Molecular Biology of Streptophytes (ICMBS).

1.jpgBernard Goffinet, Professor of Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, Former President of International Association of Bryologists (IAB), introduces the Global Bryophyte Genome Consortium.

Bryophytes, an essential component of the Earth's ecosystems, exhibit remarkable adaptability to extreme environments. With a diverse range of over 20,000 species globally, these plants possess immense potential. However, only a fraction of their genomic diversity, represented by approximately ten sequenced genomes, has been publicly available to date.

2.jpgYang Liu from BGI-Research presents BGI’s latest research on bryophyte genomics.

To accelerate research and explore the genetic potential within bryophytes, BGI-Research, in partnership with the University of Connecticut and other collaborators, has initiated the "Global Bryophyte Genome Consortium." This consortium aims to foster international cooperation in bryophyte genome sequencing. By leveraging various omics technologies, the consortium seeks to provide comprehensive data support for the protection, exploration, and utilization of bryophytes. The enthusiastic response from scholars at the conference underscores the consortium’s commitment to advancing bryophyte genomics research.

3.jpgGroup photo of attendees and organizing committee members of the 2024 International Conference on the Molecular Biology of Streptophytes (ICMBS).

Understanding the genome of bryophytes is crucial for unraveling how these pioneer species adapt to extreme environments, as well as uncovering the molecular mechanisms behind their insect and disease resistance. Moreover, studying the organ development processes of bryophytes using integrated omics technologies holds significant implications for comprehending the origins of essential features such as embryos, stomata, and water-conducting tissues, which evolved during the transition to land. Furthermore, bryophytes have tremendous potential for secondary metabolite production, drug synthesis, and molecular agriculture.

Jointly organized by the Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen (AGIS, CAAS), BGI-Research, and the International Molecular Moss Science Society (iMOSS), this four-day conference witnessed the participation of 110 scholars from 19 countries, including 47 experts and outstanding young researchers who delivered academic presentations. The conference primarily focused on functional studies of bryophyte plants and encompassed the latest research advancements in streptophyte algae, bryophytes, lycophytes, and ferns. Scholars in attendance engaged in discussions on promoting the translation and application of research outcomes, as well as advancing sustainable economic and social development.

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