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Kathleen Pryer

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Published on Jul 09, 2014

Scientists and crowdfunding making the news!

Check out today's headlines:ABC NewsandWashington Post

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Published on Jul 09, 2014

Azoll - a - thon!

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Published on Jul 08, 2014

Azolla shipment update!

Greetings everyone!...Turns out that Azolla got a bit delayed in San Francisco over the July 4 weekend, but our shipment will arrive tomorrow morning!Fay-Wei has been frantic getting the lab ready....

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Published on Jul 04, 2014

Let's do this!

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Published on Jun 29, 2014

Fun holiday reading!

Here is a delightful article about Azolla that makes for easy holiday reading! It is so full of interesting facts to share - you will be a big hit with family and friends over the July 1 and July 4...

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Published on Jun 26, 2014

AWESOME BREAKTHROUGH NEWS FOR AZOLLA!

Thursday, June 26, 2014Wow! – We have great NEWS to share!   We are THRILLED to announce that the Azolla GenomeProject has found its ultimate advocate! The world’s premier genome sequencingcenter––...

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Published on Jun 21, 2014

$5000?

Is anyone able to tip us over the $5000 mark this weekend?  less than 3 weeks to go!  getting nervous... Thank you for your awesome support. It is much appreciated...!

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Published on Jun 19, 2014

We are featured in The Economist!

There was an awesome article published in The Economist today about this project! Check it out HERE Thank you Geoffrey Carr for such a well written article!Thanks to all our donors for your support...

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Go ferns! Exciting new knowledge awaits! Best of luck!
Jun 10, 2015
Using aphids to measure electrical outputs in ferns
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Go Lil Bub Go!
Apr 29, 2015
The LilBubome - Sequencing LilBub's Magical Genome
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Best of luck to you Richard with this project! Thank you for noticing our work on Azolla! Kathleen
Mar 16, 2015
Do fungi exposed to toxic waste produce novel antimicrobial agents?
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Thank you Bill for your donation and your very kind words! Much appreciated! Kathleen
Jul 13, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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Thank you Amanda - it was great to see you!!!
Jul 12, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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Thank you Abe - for your very generous donation! It is very much appreciated! Kathleen
Jul 12, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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Awesome picture! Thank you David. I really liked your blog post: http://tualatinrefuge.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/arctic-azolla-event/ Very best, Kathleen
Jul 09, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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Hi Scott - It will probably take at least a year to get the data, assemble, it, annotate it, etc... Hopefully not much longer after that before we can put out our first publication! There is a huge gap in our knowledge of fern genomes - it is the only major lineage of land plants without a reference genome! Pretty shocking for 2014! Especially because ferns are the sister group to seed plants! But ferns do have BIG genomes, which is why they have been ignored in the past. Azolla is among the smallest of the fern genomes, plus with all its other bonus features, it just seems like the most obvious one to go after at this point - for so many reasons...
Jul 06, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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Merci Merci! Colette!!!
Jul 05, 2014
Azolla, a little fern with massive green potential
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What an interesting connection that you have with Azolla! Azolla only has about 6-7 species worldwide, but by "landraces" I am assuming that you saw lots of variation out there. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines has about 500 accessions of Azolla that they have accumulated over the past 30 years or so, and some of these are better suited to pH, others to varying salt conditions, and others to ranges in temp, etc. About 150 of those 500 accessions are on their way now to Duke. We will be assessing them first for which satisfy our criteria best for creating a reference genome - this includes determining which are diploids (not good to sequence polyploids if you don't have to), and also to determine if there are any that represent more inbred lines (the more homozygous - the better - because it makes the genome assembly that much easier. Best, Kathleen
Jul 01, 2014
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That's a good question, and you weren't the only one who was worried...! I think it was not a particular piece of media - I think it was ALL important. Having such a successful media blitz overall was very helpful. But ultimately what saved the day in this case was a Chinese company who took a chance with us. The Chinese in particular seem to be very open to funding the generation of tons of exciting new genomics data––is there a new model emerging here for how to do science––that government funding sources are overlooking as an opportunity? I think it's an interesting commentary on how various groups/people are now able to influence the choice of which genomes are worth sequencing. All is not lost, when the traditional sources of funding say no... Kathleen
Jun 29, 2014
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Thanks Chandler!
Jun 29, 2014
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