Meeting Schedule

General Information:
AgBioData webinars are held generally on 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:

  • July, 7th  -  No meeting
  • August, 4th  -  Noah Falgren, Malia Gehan, Discuss interactions between the phenomics and database communities
  • September, 1st  -  TBA
  • October, 6th  -  Allyson Lister, FAIRsharing
  • November, 3rd  -  Irene Papatheodorou - EBI's Expression Atlas and in particular single-cell gene expression across agricultural species (animals and plants)
  • December, 1st  -  TBA

Past Meetings


  • June, 2nd  -  Lisa Harper - Dealing with gene models from 50 different reference genomes. A progress report from MaizeGDB.   MaizeGDB now hosts over 50 reference-quality genome assemblies and their associated gene model sets and metadata. We have started to use a "Pan-Gene" concept to group syntelogs. We define a pan-gene as the set of gene models from multiple genomes that appear to represent the same gene. After I show you how we are implementing this at MaizeGDB, let's have a discussion about how other databases are dealing with this gene model explosion.  | Recording | Slides |
  • May, 5th  -  Monica Poelchau, Recommendations from the AgBioData GFF3 working group  Over a year ago, AgBioData convened a discussion on GFF3 formatting issues, led by Scott Cain. This discussion led us to form the AgBioData GFF3 working group. Our goals are to 1) identify common problems with the GFF3 format; 2) recommend solutions for these problems; and 3) promote community adoption of these recommendations, so that data can be formatted in standard ways across databases. Members of AgBioData, Alliance of Genome Resources, and NCBI have been working on these goals for the past year. We are now ready to receive feedback from the AgBioData community on our recommendations, in order to get traction on the final goal – community adoption of these solutions.   | Recording |  Slides |
  • 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 complementary functional datasets such as gene expression and mutant phenotype.  | Recording | Slides |
  • 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 discussion: "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 discussion: 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 discussion: 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