BGI Offers Free Whole Genome Resequencing to Accelerate Research for the Management of the Highly Invasive Pest Species the Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda
The Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda is a severely destructive agricultural pest originating from tropical and subtropical areas in the Americas. As a result of its remarkable migration capacity, the FAW spread to Africa in 2016, and soon expanded to Southeast Asian countries and most provinces in China where it is causing severe economic damage.
BGI recognises invasive species and resultant food security issues as key human development challenges, and strongly believes that genomics technology has a key role to play in helping find solutions.
BGI has recently finished the first chromosomal level genome assembly of the FAW, providing the foundation for wider global genetic research efforts.
Further whole genome resequencing of the FAW genome will enable researchers to identify genetic variations such as SNPs and InDels and discover other genetic changes of the sequenced species. These insights will allow for the development of more effective management and control strategies such as identifying pesticide tolerance mechanisms, producing new more effective pesticides or identifying other methods of control through better understanding the genetic architecture of the FAW.
BGI invites scientists around the world to join the FAW Genome Initiative for the purpose of developing translational research collaborations in the agricultural areas as listed below.
BGI will offer free-of-charge Whole Genome Sequencing for up to 10 FAW samples, for accepted projects in the following areas:
- Population evolution
- Pest control
- Insect migration
- Environmental protection
- Species identification
- Gut microbiota in insect
- Insecticide resistance mechanism
- Insecticide development
Sample numbers are limited by region and will be assigned based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- timeliness of application
- the ability of the partner to meet all project conditions
- the potential for novel scientific contribution and value proposition of the research
The anticipated timeline for the FAW Genome Initiative is:
Start date: 1 July 2019
End date: 30 Sep 2019
Sample Submission Date: No later than 30 Sep 2019
After obtaining the sample, BGI will perform sample QC, library construction, DNBseq whole genome sequencing, data analysis and will participate in helping write any article for publication. We ask participating collaborators to contribute by sharing the responsibility for co-authorship of any scientific publication, contribute to study design and coordination and to share any resulting IP as a result of the study.
BGI has processed over 30,000 plant and animal whole genome sequencing cases and published more than 300 papers in top-tier journals, and is one of the most experienced genomics organisations in the world.
BGI Genomics is a division of the BGI Group, and provides a full portfolio of next generation sequencing to support academic research, drug development and diagnostics. BGI operates service laboratories under global quality standards in the US, Denmark, Hong Kong and mainland China. BGI Genomics leverages its unequalled genomic research experience and sequencing capacity to provide customers with high-quality data, at fast turnaround times and at affordable prices. More information is available at www.bgi.com