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Crowdsourcing genomic analyses of ash and ash dieback – power to the people

Dan MacLean1*, Kentaro Yoshida1, Anne Edwards2, Lisa Crossman3, Bernardo Clavijo3, Matt Clark3, David Swarbreck3, Matthew Bashton4, Patrick Chapman5, Mark Gijzen5, Mario Caccamo3, Allan Downie2, Sophien Kamoun1 and Diane GO Saunders1

Author Affiliations

1 The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK

2 The John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK

3 The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK

4 Bioinformatics Support Unit, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Framlington Place, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE2 4HH, UK

5 Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, 1391 Sandford St, London, ON, N5V 4T3, Canada

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GigaScience 2013, 2:2  doi:10.1186/2047-217X-2-2

Published: 12 February 2013


Ash dieback is a devastating fungal disease of ash trees that has swept across Europe and recently reached the UK. This emergent pathogen has received little study in the past and its effect threatens to overwhelm the ash population. In response to this we have produced some initial genomics datasets and taken the unusual step of releasing them to the scientific community for analysis without first performing our own. In this manner we hope to ‘crowdsource’ analyses and bring the expertise of the community to bear on this problem as quickly as possible. Our data has been released through our website at and a public GitHub repository.

Crowdsource; Genomics; Ash dieback; Open source; Altmetrics