Journal of Agricultural Genomics

Janine Sieja Hagerman jsh at
Sun Apr 5 23:39:05 EST 1998


SANTA FE, N.M., April 1 -- The National Center for Genome Resources and the
electronic genetic research publication Journal of Quantitative Trait Loci
today announced a partnership to develop and expand the journal, renamed
the Journal of Agricultural Genomics and now hosted on the center’s
agricultural genomics Web site. 

Editor Thomas Blake, a professor of barley breeding and genetics at Montana
State University, began JQTL in 1995 as a free, public resource for the
plant genetics research community. The journal is a peer-reviewed, fully
electronic forum publishing articles dealing with the theory and practice
of quantitative trait loci analysis. 

The partnership will allow the Journal of Agricultural Genomics, or JAG, to
electronically publish up to 100 research articles a year, with links to
data and findings, and expand its content to include articles on all
aspects of genetics involving crops and livestock. Interpretive summaries,
editorials and discussion rooms will augment the role of JAG beyond that of
its more static paper counterparts. Already, the publication format
facilitates links to related publications and databases and permits the
inclusion of more complete analyses than is generally feasible in bound media.

“The National Center for Genome Resources has the personnel, the vision and
the commitment to make JQTL the premier journal in its field,” Blake said.
“Together we hope to make the science of agricultural genetics available
and accessible to all who are interested.”

JAG is an important component of NCGR’s burgeoning public program in
agricultural genomics. The center has established the Phytophthora Genome
Initiative, an international consortium researching Phytophthora, the
pathogenic fungus causing billions of dollars in crop damage worldwide. 

NCGR also is collaborating with other groups conducting leading-edge
research in the genetics of plants, animals and agricultural microbes
worldwide. And the center has begun developing a comprehensive public
agricultural database and associated analytical tools to combine genomic
and other data. Partnerships like the journal collaboration are planned
with a variety of organizations.

“We’re eager to have JAG join the growing NCGR organization,” said Bruno W.S.
Sobral, team leader of agricultural genomics at the center. “This is a
wonderful opportunity for us to provide more data to researchers, along
with stimulating articles and discussion.”

New articles will be posted on the JAG Web site frequently. Blake and 11
other genetic researchers from universities across the country comprise the
editorial board, which approves all articles. The board welcomes the
submission of articles from a broad range of disciplines. To submit a paper
or for more information, please contact Blake: blake at

Readers can link to the magazine through the NCGR agricultural genomics Web

The National Center for Genome Resources is a nonprofit bioinformatics
organization based in Santa Fe, N.M., serving science and society.

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Janine Sieja Hagerman
Communications Manager
National Center for Genome Resources
1800 Old Pecos Trail, Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505/995-4459, 505/995-4432 (fax)

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