OpenWheatBlast is a collaboration between scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory led by Sophien Kamoun, University of Exeter led by Nick Talbot, Platforms and Pipelines Group from Earlham Institute led by Daniel Swann, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University led by Tofazzal Islam.
Tofazzal Islam, Pallab Bhattacharjee, Ashifur Rahman Shawon, and Shaid Hossain – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Dan MacLean, Martin Page, and Ram Krishna Shrestha – Bioinformatics Group, TSL
Paul Fretter, Chris Bridson, Adam Carrgilson, Michael Burrell, Sam Gallop – Computing Infrastructure for Science, Norwich Biosciences Institute, UK
HOW IT ALL STARTED…
Tofazzal alerted about wheat blast in Bangladesh and called for action on 8th March 2016. His team went on to collect infected samples directly from wheat fields. These samples were then fast-tracked for RNA sequencing at TGAC.