Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates

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Inspired by Open Science: Аn open biodiversity knowledge management system

A new approach towards bridging the gap between biodiversity data and published narrative has been developed within the framework of IGNITE. With the application of semantic technologies, the novel system OpenBioDiv provides a long-anticipated mechanism for storage and management of diverse information of particular importance for biology.  Hundreds of years of biodiversity research have resulted in the accumulation of a... show more

Latest research: The complete mitogenome of the invasive pest Arion vulgaris

Stylommatophora is one of the most speciose orders of Gastropoda, including terrestrial snails and slugs, some of which are economically important as human food, agricultural pests, vectors of parasites or due to invasiveness. Despite their great diversity and relevance, the internal phylogeny of Stylommatophora has been debated. To date, only 34 stylommatophoran mitogenomes were sequenced. In this study, the complete mitogenome of an invasive... show more

Collaborations of IGNITE members with academics outside the consortium

Contribution by our ESR Mariya Dimitrova, who is working on ESR Project 15: Semantic publication, dissemination, visualization and re-use of biodiversity-related genomic and metagenomic data. Last month, a research visit of Dr. Pier Luigi But­ti­gieg and his student Raïssa Meyer from Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) to Pensoft took place. This visit laid the groundwork for future col... show more

IGNITE at Journées Ouvertes en Biologie

Contribution by our ESR Nadège Guiglielmoni, who is working on ESR Project 5: Using chromosome conformation capture to assemble genomes to perfection. I went to JOBIM (Journées Ouvertes en Biologie, Informatique, Mathématiques), a national conference for bioinformatics in France. It was held in Nantes, July 2-5. For this event, I received a travel grant from the SFBI (Société Français... show more

Presenting at Biodiversity_next

Contribution by our ESR Mariya Dimitrova, who is working on ESR Project 15: Semantic publication, dissemination, visualization and re-use of biodiversity-related genomic and metagenomic data.   I participated in the conference Biodiversity_next, which took place between the 21st and 25th of October 2019 in Leiden, the Netherlands. There I gave a presentation about the OpenBiodiv-O ontology underlying the OpenB... show more