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Building a Portuguese Coalition for Biodiversity Genomicsuse asterix (*) to get italics
João Pedro Marques, Paulo Célio Alves, Isabel R. Amorim, Ricardo J. Lopes, Mónica Moura, Gene Meyers, Manuela Sim-Sim, Carla Sousa-Santos, Maria Judite Alves, Paulo AV Borges, Thomas Brown, Miguel Carneiro, Carlos Carrapato, Luís Ceríaco, Claudio Ciofi, Luís da Silva, Genevieve Diedericks, Maria Angela Diroma, Liliana Farelo, Giulio Formenti, Fátima Gil, Miguel Grilo, Alessio Ianucci, Henrique Leitão, Cristina Máguas, Ann Mc Cartney, Sofia Mendes, João Moreno, Marco Morselli, Alice Mouton, Chiara Natali, Fernando Pereira, Rúben Rego, Roberto Resendes, Guilherme Roxo, Hannes Svardal, Helena Trindade, Sara Vicente, Sylke Winkler, Marcela Alvarenga, Andreia Amaral, Agostinho Antunes, Paula Campos, Adelino Canário, Rita Castilho, L. Filipe Castro, Angelica Crottini, Mónica Cunha, Gonçalo Themudo, Pedro Esteves, Rui Faria, Carlos Fernandes, Jean-Baptiste Ledoux, Bruno Louro, Sara Magalhães, Octávio Paulo, Gareth Pearson, João Pimenta, Francisco Pina-Martins, Teresa Santos, Ester Serrão, José Melo-Ferreira, Vítor SousaPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p style="text-align: justify;">The diverse physiography of the Portuguese land and marine territory, spanning from continental Europe to the Atlantic archipelagos, has made it an important repository of biodiversity throughout the Pleistocene glacial cycles, leading to a remarkable diversity of species and ecosystems. This rich biodiversity is under threat from anthropogenic drivers, such as climate change, invasive species, land use changes, overexploitation or pathogen (re)emergence. The inventory, characterization and study of biodiversity at inter- and intra-specific levels using genomics is crucial to promote its preservation and recovery by informing biodiversity conservation policies, management measures and research. The participation of researchers from Portuguese institutions in the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) initiative, and its pilot effort to generate reference genomes for European biodiversity, has reinforced the establishment of Biogenome Portugal. This nascent institutional network will connect the national community of researchers in genomics. Here, we describe the Portuguese contribution to ERGA’s pilot effort, which will generate high-quality reference genomes of six species from Portugal that are endemic, iconic and/or endangered, and include plants, insects and vertebrates (fish, birds and mammals) from mainland Portugal or the Azores islands. In addition, we outline the objectives of Biogenome Portugal, which aims to (i) promote scientific collaboration, (ii) contribute to advanced training, (iii) stimulate the participation of institutions and researchers based in Portugal in international biodiversity genomics initiatives, and (iv) contribute to the transfer of knowledge to stakeholders and engaging the public to preserve biodiversity. This initiative will strengthen biodiversity genomics research in Portugal and fuel the genomic inventory of Portuguese eukaryotic species. Such efforts will be critical to the conservation of the country’s rich biodiversity and will contribute to ERGA’s goal of generating reference genomes for European species.</p>
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Biodiversity, Genomics, Conservation, Portugal
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Ann-Marie Waldvogel (, Svein-Ole Mikalsen (, Montserrat Corominas (, Tomàs Marquès Bonet (, Wilfried Thuiller (, ThankGod Ebenezer (,, Josefin Stiller suggested: Hi Fernando,, Josefin Stiller suggested: I had a look at the preprint. It looks to me like a mission statement -- does this need peer review? It is describing a small part of the ERGA project, particularly of the local chapter of ERGA's pilot project. There are publications underway for the pilot and the papers all describe more or less the same procedures. I honestly don't know what I can contribute here as a reviewer. , Josefin Stiller suggested: Let me know if you have suggestions. All the best,, Josefin Stiller suggested: Josefin, Alice Mouton [] suggested: I declined because I am one of the coauthors...:) , Alice Mouton [] suggested: I would suggest , Alice Mouton [] suggested: Sadye Paez, Alice Mouton [] suggested: Camilla Mazzoni, Alice Mouton [] suggested: Federica da Palma, Alice Mouton [] suggested: Elena Buzan, Alice Mouton [] suggested: Jennifer Leonard No need for them to be recommenders of PCI Genomics. Please do not suggest reviewers for whom there might be a conflict of interest. Reviewers are not allowed to review preprints written by close colleagues (with whom they have published in the last four years, with whom they have received joint funding in the last four years, or with whom they are currently writing a manuscript, or submitting a grant proposal), or by family members, friends, or anyone for whom bias might affect the nature of the review - see the code of conduct
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2023-07-14 11:24:22
Fernando Racimo