Enabling UK wheat research with the CyVerse UK cyberinfrastructure

Lead Research Organisation: Earlham Institute
Department Name: Research Faculty

Abstract

Bread wheat represents one of the most complex examples of a plant genome, as well as one of the most commercially important in the UK and internationally with over 750 million tonnes harvested annually, 14 million in the UK alone. This juxtaposition creates a range of challenges for biologists and data analysts - how can the balance between needing large amounts of data to answer complex biological questions about wheat genetics and the requirements for analysing this data and be found? Furthermore, the pressing issues of climate change that we face are all too evident. We need to use modern technology to increase productivity and output for our wheat researchers, drive breeding strategies, and benefit the public's nutritional needs.

CyVerse represents such a technology, whereby computational resources, data storage, and analytical tools are made available through web-based graphical interfaces for end users or command line interfaces for power users or system administrators. CyVerse UK is the first implementation of the multi-million dollar CyVerse project outside the US, and both systems are interoperable, i.e. able to share their compute and storage services without the user needing to know where their analyses will be taking place. This federation allows a reduction in shared management cost, and an increase in productivity through shared expertise and software development.

The use of "the cloud" is commonplace in today's internet era. Users are moving away from storing data on their own devices, but using services hosted by third party providers such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Furthermore, these vendors also supply complete computing environments over the internet, e.g. Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. However, these resources are not designed for the kinds of scale that are required for wheat researchers to make the most of publicly available and personal datasets, and the costs of running such environments are unclear at best and prohibitive at worst. Therefore, through the deployment of the proposed CyVerse Atmosphere cloud computing platform in the UK, we would be able to supply virtual server resources to users "elastically", i.e. elastic computing resources can be scaled up and down easily by users themselves. In this way, we can provide flexible computing power when and wherever required, to wheat researchers, labs, and breeders. These virtual wheat data analysis labs can be shared with a wider research group, even internationally, promoting collaboration and knowledge transfer.

Technical Summary

The emergence of wheat as a reference crop model increases worldwide plant community demand for resource access. Genomes at the level of complexity of wheat require expertise in sample preparation and library construction for sequencing, algorithm design and software engineering for assembly, and biological knowledge for interpretation. Whilst existing computational resources are barely sufficient for small scale analysis, the advent of rapid turnaround times for complete wheat genomes represents a real problem in delivering the requisite datasets and tools to analyse them in a form that is usable to researchers.

High-performance computing and modern web-based infrastructure can provide resources to address these challenges, and the CyVerse project is one such "cyberinfrastructure". The presence of CyVerse UK as a dedicated e-Infrastructure platform for life science is a huge boon for UK crop researchers, allowing them to take advantage of a freely available and well-supported set of services for data storage, sharing, and analysis. Coupled with the recent large grant awards to UK institutions for undertaking ever-increasingly complex data-driven investigations into wheat genomics, these institutions will find it increasingly difficult to keep up with computational requirements. CyVerse UK is able to meet these needs, and this project represents an expansion of existing hardware in order to proactively prepare for the deluge of wheat data that will need to be managed.

We will procure and deploy 40 modern, fit-for-purpose compute nodes that can be introduced into our existing CyVerse UK infrastructure, housed in two data centres at the Earlham Institute. Each node comprises 2 12-core Intel Xeon CPUs, 512GB RAM and a local 1TB solid state disk for fast file input/output operations. These nodes will be used for day-to-day wheat analysis pipelines provided by CyVerse UK, as well as supporting the implementation of the CyVerse Atmosphere cloud computing platform.

Planned Impact

UK research supports the underpinning breeding and baking sectors, as well as the £6 billion farming industry, critical to the UK rural economy. Wheat is the most important UK crop, with annual production of over 14 million tonnes, and market values for seed and processed products of around £1.4 billion and £14 billion, respectively. More frequent extremes in climate, increased precipitation, flooding and drought, will further affect wheat yields. There is an urgent need to address the problems of producing sufficient nutritious food for 2050, along with the significant associated societal and economic benefits.

This project will establish guidelines and best practice for wheat researchers who wish to share their datasets with the wider community, their own research tools via the CyVerse UK infrastructure, and initiate user-provisioned cloud computing environments that can form powerful and bespoke "virtual labs" of shared resources. This proposal will allow increased availability of BBSRC-funded tools for the UK wheat community and will integrate with the CyVerse project in the United States to form a common international biological science platform that prevents duplication of effort and funding. In doing so, rational and supported reuse of data, applications and resources is encouraged through this proposal.

The impact delivered from this expansion of CyVerse UK to support wheat research will be seen by research scientists in academia and industry, funded by BBSRC and other bodies, that are involved in the application of bioinformatics analyses to wheat datasets. It will also impact breeders and policymakers, through the release of openly available datasets and analytical tools that power fundamental and applied research in wheat improvement. The main beneficiaries will therefore be the UK wheat research community, from students to senior researchers. However, many of the tools that are already in use can be run with any compatible dataset arising from exisg or future wheat research. Ultimately, CyVerse UK will be a community resource for all wheat biologists: the long-term beneficiaries will be anyone working with big data in the wheat domain.

Funding bodies will see huge benefits from extending CyVerse UK, mostly through cost-effective provision of shared computing resources that are locally and remotely accessible to a number of UK research institutions. Although sharing raw data has become a standard requirement for publication in recent years, the wheat community needs guidance and support to carry out this daunting task. Similarly, sharing tools developed for data analysis and visualisation is not typical. Where they are shared, whether through an institutional repository or a third-party open data web service such as Figshare or Dryad, their use may be limited by differences in operating systems or the expertise of new users. CyVerse UK will provide the tools, guidelines and the platform for developers to share their command line-based workflows with the wheat community in a user-friendly way. More of the output from publicly funded UK wheat research will therefore be accessible to the wider national and international research community.

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Leonelli S (2017) Data management and best practice for plant science. in Nature plants

 
Description We have procured and deployed the new CyVerse UK hardware within the Earlham Institute data centres, and have set up the management interfaces (OpenNebula) to orchestrate the virtual machines and storage layers. We will soon be testing the new infrastructure with two pilot DFW projects - a simple phenotyping repository, and the migration of the existing DFW data portal.
Exploitation Route The new infrastructure will power the sharing of prepublication data between DFW researchers, and published data to external stakeholders.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

 
Description BEIS/UKRI/RCUK Cloud Workshop, London, 24-10-2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description 16ALERT
Amount £283,383 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R000662/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL - EBI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation French National Institute of Agricultural Research
Department INRA Versailles
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Department Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
Country Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA
Department Agricultural Research Service
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Department UC Davis College of Biological Sciences
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Description Wheat Information System (WheatIS) 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Grassroots infrastructure (https://grassroots.tools) developed at EI is being used to consolidate data and analyses, facilitating consistent approaches to generating, processing and disseminating public wheat datasets. The Grassroots infrastructure comprises: a data management layer to provide structure to unstructured filesystems; interfaces to interact with local or cloud-based analysis platforms; a search layer to provide multi-faceted metadata and literature querying; a web server layer to deliver content and provide access to public programmatic interfaces. EI has an extensive National Capability to provide scientific computing hardware to the UK research community and is therefore perfectly positioned to build a point-of-access to previously disparate resources to serve wheat breeders, biologists and bioinformaticians. Coupling the Grassroots project with BBSRC-funded efforts to bring Galaxy and CyVerse UK to UK researchers provides community standardised methodologies for data integration, interpretation and discovery in wheat. These resources are designed to be queried programmatically, and we are integrating them with other WheatIS resources (such as CerealsDB) accordingly via open source and freely available infrastructure. By doing so we will be promoting and facilitating an inclusive and collaborative community of experts to provide access to an interconnected network of wheat data to a scale that was simply not available previously. EI also has representation on the WheatIS Expert Working Group, meeting yearly at PAG to discuss strategy and policy for the Wheat Initiative.
Collaborator Contribution All WheatIS partners contribute to the global effort in harmonising, standardising, and sharing wheat data in a way that is technically sensible and user focused, thus minimising cost across a multi-faceted and independently funded project.
Impact This collaboration is multi-disciplinary in scope, undertaken by biologists, bioinformaticians, and breeders. Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines - https://ist.blogs.inra.fr/wdi/
Start Year 2011
 
Title The Grassroots Infrastructure 
Description The Grassroots software is an open source "as-a-Service" stack that powers a number of data dissemination and analysis activities at EI, and other sites such as CerealsDB at the University of Bristol. We have continued to develop the functionality within the software stack to share crop-related datasets. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Grassroots has previously been used to host the Field Pathogenomics project website and Yellow Rust map, the EI wheat BLAST service, the CerealsDB federation project, and the multi-scale improvements to the Polymarker marker design software. Recently, Grassroots has been put forward as the main data repository and metadata catalogue for the Designing Future Wheat project, and has started to host data from this project, the Open Wild Wheat Consortium, and 5 new wheat genomes from EI. The Grassroots service runs within the CyVerse UK National Capability infrastructure. 
URL https://grassroots.tools/
 
Description BMGF CIMMYT - UK Wheat Research Workshop - August 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop was organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation between key CIMMYT investigators and Designing Future Wheat Investigators to explore areas of common interest to help network links and to identify areas of common interest. Possibilities of future collaborative projects were explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description EMPHASIS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EMPHASIS is a project to develop a European Science Infrastructure (ESFRI) for plant phenotyping. A community workshop was held at Rothamsted in 2018. An important component of the activities of EMPHASIS is the management and sharing of data following agreed national/international standards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://emphasis.plant-phenotyping.eu/
 
Description Phenotyping Data Standards Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was convened to discuss the use of an emerging international standard for describing phenotyping datasets - MIAPPE withing the Designing Future Wheat programme. Most of the participants were collaborators in the the project, but a major contributor came from INRA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WheatIS Expert Working Grop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The expert working group for the Wheat Information System is developing standards and tools to enable the global wheat science community to share data effectively.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL http://wheatis.org/