Carpenter Bees.  Photo by Alex Wild

“BNA” Photo by Alex Wild

The ongoing genomics revolution in insect science is being driven by rapid, inexpensive second-generation DNA sequencing technologies and, soon, by third generation technologies with single-molecule capabilities that will make genomes-on-demand available to all. Large consortia of insect scientists such as the i5k initiative are already making progress towards sequencing 5000 unique insect genomes by 2018.

Genome sequence data are now inexpensive and abundant.

Insect scientists working at all levels of biological organization — from evolution and ecology to physiology and molecular genetics — are finding ways to exploit rapidly accumulating DNA sequence data but, unfortunately, have few or no genetic technologies that enable them to experimentally manipulate the genomes of interest.

The IGTRCN will encourage, promote and foster the development, adaptation, dissemination and adoption of insect genetic technologies across diverse insect research communities. These advanced technical capabilities will enable deeper exploration of insect genomes and greater understanding of gene functions and their roles in biological processes.

Objectives of Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network:

  1. Spread theoretical and practical knowledge of state-of-the-art genetic technologies used for genome modification and manipulation among existing insect-research communities through symposia and workshops at national and international meetings of scientists. more about IGTRCN Symposia
  2. Train insect researchers to use the latest genetic technologies in their insect-research programs through hands-on, laboratory-based courses. more about IGTRCN Technical Workshops
  3. Create opportunities among researchers across insect-research communities to collaborate in the development, implementation and sharing of genetic technologies by supporting short term peer-to-peer training. more about IGTRCN Peer-to-Peer Training
  4. Develop a functional knowledgebase that will contain a comprehensive set of resources insect researchers can access when planning and designing experiments utilizing insect genetic technologies.