Information about Genome Research in Panicum virgatum

26 November 2012

There will be a Switchgrass Workshop at the Plant & Animal Genome meeting in San Diego on Sunday, January 13th from 2-3:40pm in the Sheffield room. Please contact Robin Buell for more information (

4 October 2012

Mark your calendars for SWITCHGRASS II, scheduled to take place at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, September 10-12, 2013.

The conference will bring together scientists and students interested in switchgrass and other prairie grasses to discuss the state of the art of prairie grass research. It will be an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including agronomy, physiology, ecology, soil science, pathology, entomology, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology. The conference will include a field tour, several plenary presentations, selected volunteered oral presentations, a poster session, and one or more workshops. Watch the conference website ( for updates and call for abstracts in early 2013.

The Noble Foundation has released the Switchgrass Gene Expression Portal, look at it here.

16 December 2011

A switchgrass genomics meeting will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome Meeting in San Diego, CA on January 15th at 2:00-3:40 in Royal Palm Salon 5 & 6. Presentations (5 5-10 minute talks followed by discussion) will be made on the status of the switchgrass genome project, Switchgrass Genome Executive Committee formation/status/plans, BRC switchgrass activities, and subscription to the mailing list, and information dissemination via

14 June 2011

A slate of seven candidates have agreed to stand for election for the Switchgrass Executive Committee. Anyone in the switchgrass community may vote in this election. The candidate list and ballots may be accessed at Ballotbin. At this website, you will be asked to enter your email address, and a URL to a ballot will be sent to you. Please note that researchers with ARS email addresses may experience problems as ARS spam-filtering software may block this email. Please use a non-ARS email address if you experience difficulties. Voting is being conducted by ordering the candidates based on preference so as to help to avoid ties. The top six candidates will be elected to serve. Ballots will be accepted until July 1, 2011.

11 April 2011

Switchgrass researchers discuss organizing the switchgrass community at Genomic Sciences Contractor-Grantee Meeting IX/USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Meeting. An ad hoc committee was formed to solicit nominations for the election of an advisory board.