Meeting Schedule

General Information:
AgBioData webinars are held generally the first Wednesday of each month at 10A PT | 11A MT | 12P CT | 1P ET. 
Connection details are distributed about a week before the webinar via email to the AgBioData members.
Visit the registration page to become a member and sign up for the email list.

2021 Meetings:

  • April, 7th  -  Guest speaker Peifen Zhang.  PhyloGenes ( presents precomputed phylogenetic trees of plant gene families along with known functions for individual family members. By displaying experimentally validated gene functions associated to individual genes within a tree, PhyloGenes enables functional inference for genes of uncharacterized function, based on their evolutionary relationships to experimentally studied genes, in a visually traceable manner. For the many families containing genes that have evolved to perform different functions, PhyloGenes also facilitates the study of function evolution. The current PhyloGenes release (version 2.2) includes 40 plant genomes covering a broad taxonomic range and including all major crops, along with 10 non-plant model organisms represented in over 8,000 gene families. Over two-thirds of the families have at least one member with a validated known function as GO terms. To increase the predictive power of PhyloGenes, future work will involve community contribution and emphasize on incorporating new functional annotations of family members across families and subfamilies, and also adding complimentary functional datasets such as gene expression and mutant phenotype
  • May, 5th  -  Monica Poelchau, Updates from the GFF3 working group
  • June, 2nd  -  TBA
  • July, 7th  -  TBA
  • August, 4th  -  TBA
  • September, 1st  -  TBA
  • October, 6th  -  TBA
  • November, 3rd  -  TBA
  • December, 1st  -  TBA

Past Meetings


  • March, 3rd  -  Jack Gardiner and Lisa Harper will lead a discussion on: Metabolomics- What is it and how might it lend insight into our understanding of complex biological traits.  | Recording | Slides |
  • February, 3rd  -  Chuck Cook, The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) is working with funders to encourage more efficient collaboration in funding data resources and to sustain funding for critical data resources. More info at the GBC website, including pdfs of past talks:
    Contact Chuck via email | RecordingSlides |
  • January 13th -  Imma Subirats & Kristin Kolshus, AGROVOC Ontologies.   During this webinar, the AGROVOC Team from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will introduce how AGROVOC is kept up to date with a number of institutions and individual domain experts serving as focal points for specific languages and topics. | RecordingSlides |


  • December 2, 2020: Dr. Anne Brown (PostDoc USDA-ARS) and Andrew Wilkey (ORISE Fellow) will talk about the Genotype Comparison Visualization Tool (GCViT). | Recording |
  • October 7, 2020: Guest Speaker: WheatIS | Recording |
  • September 2nd: 2020: Guest Speaker: Dr. Sierra Moxon talk about data models and exchange protocols. | Recording | Slides |
  • August 5th, 2020: Group disscussion: "What has AgBioData done for you & your database?" | Notes |
  • June 3rd, 2020: Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie Dunning Hotopp talk about secondary data usage | Recording | Slides |
  • May 6th, 2020: Group disscussion: Pan-genomes | Recording | Slides |
  • April 8th, 2020: Guest speaker: Medha Devare from CGIAR, will be talking about the Gardian platform | Recording |
  • March 4th, 2020: Group disscussion: GFF format nightmares | Recording | Slides | Notes |
  • February 5th, 2020: Moira Sheehan will talk about the Breeding Insights Platform | RecordingSlides |
  • January 13th, 2020: 10am - 12pm PST - In Person Meeting at PAGXXVIII