New Nitrogen Fixing expedition
It‘s been a while since we launched a Nitrogen Fixing expedition, mostly because we spent a lot of last Spring and Summer working our tails off getting sampling done at herbaria, while also getting sequencing efforts underway. But now we are ready to get back to what we think is a key part of this work—being able to link up specimens with our genetic data. This remains so critical because we can link each set of genes we sequence to the plant itself and to all the contextual information on the labels about when the plant was collected, the locality, etc. We are particularly ready for this step because sequencing and analyses of the more than 10,000 species that form the key part of this project is nearing completion. Our work so far on the genes responsible is starting to provide a glimpse into how plants form root nodules—which are critical for allowing the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis to happen. We really appreciate your help getting us further along with this effort.
— The NitFix Team