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iPlant and other cyberinfrastructure projects are helping life scientists make fundamental discoveries without ever getting their hands "wet" at the lab bench.
The chef thinks there's more at stake here than about the way our food is grown. "What I've come to learn from this experience is that if you are pursuing great flavor," he says, "you are pursuing great nutrition. It's one and the same."
Using iPlant compute power, iPlant collaborator Eric Lyons led the comparative analysis of the bladderwort genome to unravel its complex evolutionary history. His research team provided the analytical software, CoGe, which is Powered by iPlant, for this task.
An OSTP blogpost on the G-8 Open Ag Data conference highlighted iPlant as an example of "some excellent work that’s already underway and making positive change in the Open Ag Data arena." Correction: alignment (not sequencing!) to bovine genome in 8 hrs!