The 10,000 plants (tenKP or 10KP) aims to sequence over 10,000 genomes representing every major clade of plants and eukaryotic microbes. This project would generate large-scale plant genome data within the next five years (2017-2022), addressing fundamental questions about plant evolution. Major supporters include Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen (BGI-Shenzhen) and China National Gene Bank (CNGB). BGI corporate will support this project by developing new tools for de novo genome sequencing and assembly on MGISEQ platforms.
The announcement of the 10KP Project was published on July 27, 2017, 8:00 AM in Science. The establishment of this project is built on the success of the 1000 plants project, which was sampling phylogenetic diversity, not just crops and model organisms. The 10KP project would continue this strategy, and acquire new genome sequence information from the entire plant kingdom. For land plants, there are in total over 380,000 species, 26,700 genus from about 667 families, which are mostly from non-flowering plants (mosses, liverworts, hornworts, monilophytes/ferns, lycopodiophyte, gymnosperm, etc.) and flowering plants (magnoliids, basal angiosperms (ANA Grade), monocots/grasses, asterids, and rosid, etc.). For microbial eukaryotes, major attentions will focus on macro-/micro-algae and phototrophic-/heterotrophic protists.
The 10KP Project will be a key part of the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), an ambitious scheme to get at least rough sequence data from 1.5 million eukaryotic species. Currently the 10KP is open to receive plant samples from the world. The sample selection was based on a series of overlapping sub-projects with scientific objectives that could be addressed by the sequencing of multiple plant species. We are honored and looking forward to your participation!
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10KP aims to sequence a member of every genus, including flowering plants (329,843 species, 20,785 genera, 419 families) and non-flowering plants (50,003 species, 2,777 genera, 248 families). In addition, about 4,000 eukaryotic microbes will be selected. Species distribution across different clades of the ombrophytes (land plants).
SHENZHEN, CHINA—Hopes of sequencing the DNA of every living thing on Earth are taking a step forward with the announcement of plans to sequence at least 10,000 genomes representing every major clade of plants and eukaryotic microbes. Chinese sequencing giant BGI and the China National GeneBank (CNGB) held a workshop yesterday on the sidelines of the International Botanical Congress, being held this week in BGI's hometown of Shenzhen, to discuss what they are calling the 10KP plan. About 250 plant scientists participated in the discussions and "are raring to go," says Gane Ka-Shu Wong, a genomicist and bioinformaticist at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When it comes to genome sequencing, visionaries like to throw around big numbers: There’s the UK Biobank, for example, which promises to decipher the genomes of 500,000 individuals, or Iceland’s effort to study the genomes of its entire human population. Yesterday, at a meeting here organized by the Smithsonian Initiative on Biodiversity Genomics and the Shenzhen, China–based sequencing powerhouse BGI, a small group of researchers upped the ante even more, announcing their intent to, eventually, sequence “all life on Earth.”
On July 26, 2017, BGI and the China National Gene Bank (CNGB) held a workshop on the sidelines of the International Botanical Congress 2017, being held in Shenzhen. About 250 plant scientists participated in the workshop discussing what they were calling the 10KP Project. The 10KP aims to sequence over 10,000 genomes representing every major clade of plants and eukaryotic microbes within the next five years (2017-2022). Major supporters include Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen (BGI-Shenzhen) and China National Gene Bank (CNGB).
Authorized by the International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies (IABMS), the International Botanical Congress(IBC) is the largest international conference in the fields related to plant sciences. It is held once every six years in locations that rotate among different countries. The IBC not only brings together scientists from many countries/regions, but also from the many disciplines that encompass the plant sciences, including mycology, ecology, agriculture, horticulture, systematics, etc. The congresses provide valuable opportunities for plant scientist from around the world to share new research findings and ideas, to establish international collaborations and to make new friendships and renew old ones.