Chicken Genomic Diversity consortium: large-scale genomics to unravel the origins and adaptations of chickens

Steven R Fiddaman*, Christophe Klopp, Mathieu Charles, Philippe Bardou, Ophélie Lebrasseur, Martijn F. L. Derks, Jens Schauer, Christian Reimer, Johannes Geibel, Almas Gheyas, Adrian L. Smith, Robert Schnabel, Maria Luisa Martin Cerezo, Masahide Nishibori, Cyrill John P. Godinez, John King N. Layos, James M. Alfieri, Heath Blackmon, Giridhar N. Athrey, Greger LarsonIsmael Ng’ang’a, William Muir, Margaret Lange, Dominic Wright, Hans H Cheng, Henner Simianer, Steffen Weigend, Wesley Warren, Richard P. M. A. Crooijmans, Olivier Hanotte, Jacqueline Smith, Michele Tixier-Boichard, Laurent Af Frantz*

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On October 25-26, 2019, a satellite meeting devoted to the preparation of a Chicken Genome Diversity Consortium was organised after the 11th European Symposium of Poultry Genetics in Prague. Researchers involved in chicken genomics from Europe, Africa and China, discussed the objectives of such a consortium with some presenting their data. However, the technical aspects of how to share and jointly analyse the data were not finalized, nor was the funding model for the cost of data storage and computation. In 2021, an opportunity arose with the call for projects of the SuperMUC computing cluster of the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum in Germany. A new consortium of scientists re-launched the discussion to establish a project with the aim to explore how the high-throughput genomics age can be harnessed to answer evolutionary questions surrounding the chicken. The FARMGENOMIC project (23826) was accepted for funding in autumn 2021, gathering around 20 members from 10 institutions in Europe, North America, and Africa. This newly formed Chicken Genomic Diversity consortium brings together members from a variety of disciplines, including genomics, palaeogenetics, animal breeding, immunology, organismal biology, evolutionary biology, and archaeology. Central to the consortium are the concepts of inclusivity and openness – all data are to be made available to all members of the consortium, and later distributed to the wider community, and collaborations between groups are fostered and actively encouraged. It is hoped this state-of-the-art resource, curated in-house by bioinformaticians, will enable the community to answer previously intractable questions in chicken evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-528
JournalCytogenetic and Genome Research
Issue number8-9
Early online date30 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023


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