[Medicago] Medicago steering committee suggestions

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  Dear Medicago community=2C  =

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I am writing to ask you all for advice and suggestions for future Medica=
go resources=2E  =

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As an update=2C the Medicago steering committee currently has the follow=
ing members=3A Jean-Michel An=E9=2C Julia Frugoli=2C Greg May=2C Pascal =
Ratet=2C Richard Thompson=2C Uli Mathesius (chair for this year)=2E  =

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I suggest that the committee could tackle the following issues=2C with y=
our help=3A  =

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1=2E=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Medicago stock centre(s)=3A Currently there ar=
e several stock centers for various biological material for Medicago=2E =
Jean-Marie Prosperi and Magalie Delalande maintain a website (http=3A//w=
ww=2Emontpellier=2Einra=2Efr/BRC-MTR/) which hosts the INRA genetic reso=
urces collection and links to the other collection sites=2E   =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Any comments to this website would be welcome=2E=
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=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 For the future=2C what would you like the stock=
 centres to provide=3F   =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Should they operate independently or can we pro=
vide a central structure that keeps all records=2C provides communicatio=
n between different centres etc=3F =

  2=2E=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Medicago website and email list=3A The Medic=
ago=2Eorg website is currently the main website for Medicago research=2C=
 and the Legume Information System gives broader information about legum=
e resources (http=3A//www=2Ecomparative-legumes=2Eorg/)=2E   =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 It would be good if users regularly provide fee=
dback of those sites=2E  =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 What do you see as the future role of these sit=
es and what support would we need for that=3F  =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 What do you think are specific features that th=
ese sites are missing=3F  =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Can we make more use of the Medicago email list=
=3F The Arabidopsis email list seems to be used a lot=2C often for techn=
ical questions and job postings etc=2C and this doesn=92t seem to happen=
 as much with the Medicago server=2E =

  3=2E=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 New resources=3A What new resources would be=
 good to have=3F I suggestion I have is a similar tool to the Arabidopsi=
s site for comparative gene expression analyses=2C it=92s called CressEx=
press (http=3A//www=2Ecressexpress=2Eorg) and I emailed the authors of t=
hat site who said that they are planning to apply for funding for extend=
ing that tool for other species=2C for example Medicago=2E   =

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Would that be useful=3F In that case we could m=
aybe support their case=2C even just through a joint supporting letter=2E=

=B7=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 If anyone has got suggestions for new tools ple=
ase let the Medicago committee know=2E  =

4=2E=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Medicago handbook=3A We have an online handboo=
k for Medicago that lots of people have contributed to and we will keep =
updating (http=3A//www=2Enoble=2Eorg/MedicagoHandbook)=2E I wrote a prev=
ious email last month about this and I will get back to everyone shortly=
 to summarize all your responses=2C sorry about the delay=2E  =

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Any comments and suggestions=2C including things I didn=92t mention here=
 are very welcome=2E   =

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Best wishes
  Uli Mathesius

Dr Ulrike Mathesius
School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Linnaeus Way
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

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