Mining the 3,000 Rice Genomes

The participants

Why am I even wearing a necktie that day? Feeling gwapo. :D


Today, we held the presentation and awarding of the winners for IRRI's "3K Genomes Allele Mining Contest".

Management decided to sequence around 3,000 Rice Genomes out of the ~180,000 in the gene bank, and the results were out last year. As an innovation, they decided to hold a contest to find Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) as well as indels that might be of interest to all of us.

At the C4 Rice Center, our entries are about Chlorophyll content, first - my supervisor, Dr. Samart Wanchana, colleague Diana Magbanua and I. The second one, with Dr. Hsiang-Chun Lin, she ties up with my supervisor and another Bioinformatics specialist at the TTC-Genetic Resources Center. However little, I was able to help my team in accomplishing the aim, even using PostgreSQL to simplify things such as finding distinct genotypes easily.