The CORE Training Seminar was attended by Art McElroy, Michael McElroy, Aaron Beattie, Catherine Gui, Jennara Fields, Santosh Kumar, Ganesh Nanjappa, Scott Frazer, Bruce Roskens, Weikai Yan, Jennifer Mitchell-Fetch, Nick Tinker, Mike McMullen, Gabe Gusmini, Joe Lutz, Curt McCartney, Dennis Galbraith, Peter Enns, Jim Dyck, and Dave Matthews. The main presentations were
- Nick Tinker on the consensus map
- Curt McCartney on crown rust and stem rust resistance markers
- JMP Genomics, via WebEx
- Joe Lutz on marker-assisted breeding
- Dave Matthews on the Avena Toolbox database (slide presentation below)
One of the outcomes was a proposal to create a North American Oat Curator, whose potential duties would be
- Work with Graingenes / TCAP team to establish an oat-specific instance of T3, ensuring that there is a reliable and internationally accessible host and an open conduit to technology and feature updates.
- Complete the capture of CORE and additional pre-competitive data deemed public into an integrated public database. This includes phenotypes, markers, and pedigrees.
- Assist in developing and populating an enhanced Graingenes Portal providing additional 'static' and legacy data (non-standard data sets, links, maps, etc) as well as a front-end to "Oat-T3".
- Be familiar with the International oat community and assist in curating data from International colleagues. *Potentially: assist with establishment of "modular portals" that will allow major contributors (e.g. CORE-Europe) to populate the shared database while maintaining some independent visibility.
- Suggest and (possibly) contribute to new T3 features and functionality.
- Potential: Establish a restricted instance of T3 to provide "mid-competitive" access to a consortium of breeders. Advise and provide limited assistance with "personal T3 instances".
- Establish that North American oat workers are serious about long-term leadership in the oat community.
- Establish CORE data as a visible and useful resource that is generously provided to the world, and inspire other communities to be open and transparent.
- Ensure all breeders in key environments for North American Milling oats have complete access to data that will allow them to apply molecular breeding efforts.