Expert Working Groups
Expert Working Groups are created based on a need expressed by the Research Committee or Institutions' Coordination Committee. They are formally appointed by either committee. Proposals for the establishment of EWGs can be sent all year round to the International Scientific Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) using the EWG proposal template.Invitations to participate to Expert Working Groups are issued through calls open to members and non-members of the Wheat Initiative. Selection of applicants is made by the EWG proposers with final decision on the composition of the EWG by the Wheat Initiative Scientific Board.
Expert Working Groups deliver state of the art and gap analysis, and formulate recommendations addressing the research or organisational area for which they were created. They report to the Scientific Board. Their outputs are disseminated to the Research Committee and/or Institutions' Coordination Committee.
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Wheat Information System Expert Working Group
This Expert Working Group will provide recommendations to establish a Wheat Information System.
An expert committee, led by Hadi Quesneville (INRA, France) and Mario Caccamo (TGAC, UK), delivered a survey analysis (PDF 425KB) of research community needs.
They submitted a proposal to set up a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group and develop a Wheat Information System (WheatIS). The topic was considered as a top priority by the Institutions’ Coordination Committee (ICC) in November 2012 and the proposal was endorsed by the Research Committee (RC) in January 2012. At the request of the RC, different scenarios were provided to clarify timeframes and required means to achieve the goals described in the EWG proposal. The ICC members agreed on May 15th 2013 to the overall project and encouraged the EWG proposers to implement it without any further delay. The project will start with TGAC (UK) and URGI (France) as leading WheatIS nodes and will include progressively other nodes willing to participate. The Research Data Alliance (https://rd-alliance.org/) will contribute to the development of the WheatIS.
Call for Experts (Deadline August 18, 2013)
All experts wishing to participate to the WheatIS Expert Working Group should complete the application form and send it back to email@example.com before August 18, 2013. The call for experts is also open to non-members of the Wheat Initiative. Selection of applicants will be made by the EWG proposers with final decision on the composition of the EWG by the Wheat Initiative Scientific Board.
The first WheatIS EWG workshop was held on December 2-3, 2013.
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium EWG
Set up in 2005, the IWGSC aims at delivering a high quality reference sequence of the bread wheat genome.
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) submitted a proposal in 2012 to be recognized as a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group. The Research Committee (RC) endorsed the IWGSC as a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group in January 2013, and the Institutions’ Coordination Committee (ICC) considered as a top priority to have access to a high quality reference sequence anchored to the genetic and phenotypic maps before 2016.
Following recommendations of the ICC and the RC, the IWGSC developed scenarios for accelerating the delivery of a high quality sequence at a reasonable price. The ICC members endorsed the proposal in May 2013 and agreed that pooling of resources facilitated by the Wheat Initiative would allow wheat genome sequencing to occur in a more rapid and efficient fashion. A more detailed description of the strategy was provided by the IWGSC to the ICC in November 2013.
The ICC members committed themselves to look for the best ways to raise funds in their countries. It was decided to create an IWGSC-ICC taskforce to explore funding avenues, including the approach of private companies and foundations by high-level ICC members.
Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding Expert Working Group
The Expert Working Group on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding aims to bring together and synergize the activities of those stakeholders interested in promoting (i) specific research actions focused on improving durum wheat productivity and quality and (ii) collaborations with the scientific community active in genomics of bread wheat.
The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding was submitted by Luigi Cattivelli and Roberto Tuberosa (Italy) and revised according to the suggestions of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee. The Research Committee globally approved the revised proposal in July 2013 and endorsed the creation of an EWG on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding for an initial period of 4 years. The proposal will be discussed at the 2nd Research Committee Meeting in Yokohama on September 14, 2013.
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Wheat Breeding Methods And Strategies EWG
The Expert Working Group for breeding methods has the goals of capacity building, support for improved breeding methods research, and international exchange of information and germplasm. Anticipated deliverables include more efficient wheat breeding programs that use advanced breeding methods and a larger pool of wheat breeders trained in state-of-the-art breeding methods. Underpinning wheat breeding methods research will be increased exchange of wheat germplasm and information and training workshops.
The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group on Wheat Breeding and Strategies was submitted by Mark Sorrels (Cornell University, USA) and Gilles Charmet (INRA, France) in 2012 and revised according to the suggestions of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee. The Research Committee globally approved the revised proposal in July 2013 and endorsed the creation of the EWG for an initial period of 4 years. The proposal will be discussed at the 2nd Research Committee Meeting in Yokohama on September 14, 2013.
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Wheat phenotyping to support wheat improvement Expert Working Group
The Expert Working Group on Wheat Phenotyping aims at reducing the gap between genomics and phenotyping for wheat improvement by supporting and strengthening research initiatives, as well as by developing new technologies focused on wheat phenotyping on an international scale. It will promote collaborations and exchange of expertise in wheat phenotyping, enhance the integration of phenotyping into breeding and genomics programs, engage experts from non-plant disciplines in wheat phenotyping and support training and capacity building.
The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group was sumitted by 8 proposers from 7 countries and endorsed by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at their 2nd meeting on September 14, 2013, with recommendation to extend its initial duration to a 4-year period.
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