The Fungal Program scales up sequencing and analysis of fungal genomes to explore the diversity of fungi important for energy and the environment, and to promote functional studies on a system level. Encoded in the genomes of the organisms of the kingdom Fungi are biological processes with high relevance to the Department of Energy missions in bioenergy production, carbon cycling and biogeochemistry. Combining new sequencing technologies and comparative genomics analysis, we work on large and complex sequencing projects such as surveying the broad phylogenetic and ecological diversity of fungi, and capturing genomic variation in natural populations and engineered strains. This approach allows us to build a foundation for translating the genomic potential of fungi into practical applications.
Among the major initiatives of the Fungal Program are:
- MycoCosm, the DOE JGI’s web-based fungal genomics resource, which integrates fungal genomics data and analytical tools for fungal biologists. It provides navigation through sequenced genomes, genome analysis in context of comparative genomics and genome-centric view. MycoCosm promotes user community participation in data submission, annotation and analysis.
- Genomic Encyclopedia of Fungi, which focuses on aspects of plant feedstock health (including symbiosis, pathogenicity and biocontrol), biorefinery mechanisms (conversion of biopolymers to sugars for fuel production), and fungal diversity.
- 1000 Fungal Genomes Project, a five-year international collaboration to sequence 1000 fungal genomes from across the Fungal Tree of Life.
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