JGI’s 25th Anniversary
The year 2022 marks the JGI’s 25th anniversary. During this year we’ll revisit a number of notable achievements that showcase our collaborations and capabilities to enable great science that will help solve energy and environmental challenges.
Notable stories from the past 25 years
|The Human Genome Project, or the JGI’s Origin Story
In 1997, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) united the people and resources from three national labs to work on the Human Genome Project. The JGI contributed ~12% of the total human genome.
|A Single Cell, Myriad Microbial Discoveries
Single cell genomics offers a way for researchers to study the planet’s microbial diversity, much of which remains unknown and uncultured.
|Roots of a Mutualist Relationship
The genome sequence of Laccaria bicolor, a forest fungus with a symbiotic relationship with poplar, was published in 2008. Today there are nearly 200 mycorrhizal fungal genomes publicly available on the fungal portal MycoCosm.
|Solving the Mystery of the Missing Oil
Working with Berkeley Lab researchers, the JGI’s single cell genomics and metagenomics capabilities were harnessed for a systems biology approach to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
|Studying Sorghum’s Survival Skills
Since publishing the sorghum reference genome, the JGI continues collaborating to better understand its toughness and energy storage.
|Building a Better Bean
The common bean genome has fueled further research into disease tolerance in crops, stressors and nitrogen fixation.
The reference Chlamydomonas genome is cited in roughly 10% of all since-released publications on green algae.
In addition to supporting work on the soybean plant in order to maximize yields for biofuel, the JGI has also helped researchers understand a fungus that threatens these crops as they grow.