Crowdsourcing genomic analyses of ash and ash dieback–power to the people.

MacLean, D., Yoshida, K., Edwards, A., Crossman, L., Clavijo, A., Clark, M., Swarbreck, D., Bashton, M., Chapman, B. P., Gijzen, M., Caccamo, M., Downie, J.A., Kamoun, S., and Saunders, D.G.O. (2013). "Crowdsourcing genomic analyses of ash and ash dieback–power to the people.", GigaScience, 2(2), pp. 1-3. doi : 10.1186/2047-217x-2-2  Access to full text

Abstract

Ash dieback is a devastating fungal disease of ash trees that has swept across Europe and recently reached the UK. This emergent pathogen has received little study in the past and its effect threatens to overwhelm the ash population. In response to this we have produced some initial genomics datasets and taken the unusual step of releasing them to the scientific community for analysis without first performing our own. In this manner we hope to ‘crowdsource’ analyses and bring the expertise of the community to bear on this problem as quickly as possible. Our data has been released through our website at oadb.tsl.ac.uk and a public GitHub repository.

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