The MULTINATIONAL BRASSICA GENOME PROJECT (MBGP)
The MBGP arose through the recognition of the benefits of internaational collaboration and co-ordination, especially with respect to development and dissemination of experimental resources and information. Several sub-committees exist to manage specific tasks. These include the Brassica rapa Genome Sequencing Project (BrGSP) Management Committee , the MBGP TILLING consortium, and others focused on development of a common bioinformatics framework. In Jan 2010, it was agreed that the MBGP SC and BrGSP would merge.
The Multinational Brassica Genome Project was established in 2002, following discussions amongst members of the international research community who were at that time involved in developing a number of genomic resources.
The MBGP Steering Committee aims to meet at least once a year. This usually includes a main meeting at the annual Plant Animal Genome conference in San Diego, held in January. Additional meetings are held whenever there is a relevant major international brassica conference. Minutes of meetings are available here.