Over the years GARNet has either produced or provided information and evidence for a variety of reports and meeting transcripts. A number of which are available to download here. We hope you find them really useful.

Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee Annual Report 2019-20

17th Jun 2020

Over the past thirty years the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) has represented the global Arabidopsis community through its collaborative oversight of the annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR), production of a MASC annual report and preparation of the series of decadal Roadmaps that have helped coordinate the future activities of the community.

The 2019-2020 MASC Annual Report includes reports from three stakeholder groups:

1. Subject-area-specific subcommittees

2. Community projects

3. Individual MASC member countries

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Minutes of 70th GARNet Advisory Committee Meeting

29th Jan 2020

The 70th GARNet advisory committee Meeting was hosted by Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso at the University of Leeds on December 17th 2019.

The Minutes have been approved by members of the advisory committee.

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3D RNAseq Analysis Tool

15th Nov 2019

At the end of October GARNet hosted a workshop on the the 3d RNAseq App that has been developed by Wenbin Guo and Runxuan Zhang at the James Hutton Institute. Workshop schedule and attendees can be downloaded here (PDF).

The 3D RNA-Seq Analysis Tool is designed for the comprehensive differential expression, alternative splicing analysis and visualisation of RNASeq Data.

It runs the analysis through a user-friendly graphical interface, that can handle complex experimental designs, allows user setting of statistical parameters, visualizes the results through graphics and tables, and generates publication quality figures and customerised  analysis reports.

The program is designed to be run by biologists with minimal bioinformatics experience (or by bioinformaticians) allowing lab scientists to take control of the analysis of their RNA-seq data.

The designers also provide a explanation on how RNAseq FastQ reads can be processed through Salmon or Kallisto using the Galaxy platform.

This entire process allows non-experts to take their raw data through to detailed outputs within a couple of days!

Instructional documents can be downloaded here and please check out the accompanying YouTube video.

1. Transcript quantification using Galaxy (HTML

2. 3D RNAseq Manual (zipped HTML)

3. 3D Workshop presentation (PPT)

4. YouTube Video

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Minutes from 69th GARNet Advisory Committee meeting: September 2019

23rd Oct 2019

This GARNet Advisory Committee Meeting took place at the James Hutton Institute on September 19th and was hosted by Sarah McKim.

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GARNet Workshop on 'Advances in Plant Imaging'

8th Sep 2019

GARNet organised a workshop that showcased outstanding imaging technologies and how they are used by plant sceintists.

This took place at the University of Warwick between September 9th-10th 2019.

The abstract book is available for download.

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Introduction to current GARNet activities

7th Jul 2019

Document outlines current GARNet activities as presented at the EPSR conference in the University of Nottingham on July 8th 2019.

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Minutes from GARNet Advisory Committee meeting: June 2019

3rd Jul 2019

The 68th GARNet Advisory Committee meeting was held at the University oif Birmingham on June 13th 2019. The meeting was hosted and chaired by Daniel Gibbs.

Attached are the minutes from this meeting that include interesting finding from UKRI-BBSRC regarding the movement of submitted Responsive mode grant applications.


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Promoting research links between UK and China scientists

14th Jun 2019

At the ICAR2019 meeting in Wuhan the GARNet coordinator arranged a workshop to promote interactions between UK and Chinese plant scientists at all levels.

Workshop- Developing Plant Science Collaborations between UK and China (Shanghai Hall)

- Geraint Parry ( GARnet Coordinator, UK) General introduction to plant science research in the United Kingdom and to available sources of funding

- Xiaofeng Cao ( Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology): Introducing research and opportunities available at CEPAMS.

- Yuling Jiao ( Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS ); Robert Sablowski ( John Innes Centre ). Introducing plant science research and opportunities at the John Innes Centre as well as benefits of interactions through the Newton Fund.

The attached document is a summary of Geraint Parry's presentation and outlines the Plant Science opportunities for Chinse students and researchers.

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MASC Annual Report 2019

10th Jun 2019

The annual report from the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) is attached and now available for download

This report documents the progress in Arabidopsis research amongst member countries, project resources and MASC subcommittees.

The GARNet coordinator is current secretary of MASC, which provides the UK community with significant input into the activity of this organisation that has guided global Arabidopsis research over the past three decades.

More information about MASC can be found here:

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Future Framework Smith enquiry: Evidence from GARNet

29th May 2019

Professor Sir Adrian Smith is leading a Government consultation on 'Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation: call for evidence'.

Professor Smith is providing independent advice to government on the design of future UK funding schemes for international collaboration, innovation and research.

This is the advice by the GARNet advisory committee.

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