Based on our experience with extracting DNA and RNA from RNAlater stored material, we have decided to revise our collection recommendations. We no longer recommend crushing individuals in RNAlater and ask that ants are kept intact for all sample types. Have a look at our updated collection guidelines and protocols for details.
Submit your abstract for our "GAGA and beyond" at IUSSI2018 in Brazil (http://iussi2018.com/symposia)! Hoping for contributions on comparative genomics or other large-scale comparative studies that address open questions in social insect evolution.
Sampling for GAGA is now underway in Europe, Latin America and most recently Asia. Have a look at our updated collection efforts. We are no longer restricting our search to the top50, but have extended our efforts to now secure samples for all 334 genera. Get in touch if you are interested in becoming involved [...]
We have again fine-tuned our collection protocols. Find them here and here.
GAGA has now been launched via an open access publication in Myrmecological News, the collections for the first dozens of the up to 300 ant species have started, and the GAGA website has become relatively complete (http://antgenomics.dk/). We are now reaching out to researchers to actively engage in GAGA, a joint global enterprise to obtain [...]
Co-authorships on the key flagship paper emanating from specific contributions to ant collections We anticipate that the number of collectors may become so large that we will have to differentiate authorships for the most prominent comparative genome paper in two categories, individual co-authorships for those who collect multiple (e.g. >5) ant species and providing also multiple [...]
1) GAGA is non-profit and non-commercial. However, GAGA-supported subprojects can benefit from the reduced costs granted to GAGA by Novogene and other companies for library preparation and sequencing. 2) Subprojects need to be approved by the governing board of GAGA and announced on the website antgenomics.dk. Please fill out the word doc available at GAGA’s [...]
We are happy to announce that GAGA has initiated a partnership with the sequencing company Novogene. Novogene has agreed to provide PacBio sequencing for GAGA species, generating 15 gigabases of long-read data (~8-12 kb) per genome (i.e. 50x coverage for a genome of 300 Mb), and delivering the raw data within four weeks after [...]
For recording life history and ecological trait data for all the ant species, we now provide a short form for you to fill out. You can find it here or go to the Project Resources.
Sampling in RNAlater is now the method of choice for all the samples collected for RNA/DNA sequencing for GAGA. Check out the guidelines for a protocol on how to use RNAlater in the field.