Several groups working on Fungi are submitting proposals to the JGI Community Sequencing Program. Several proposals relating to the JGI’s interest in an encyclopedia of fungal genomes sequencing genomes of ascomycete and basidiomycete yeasts, filamentous ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, and early diverging fungi are being put forward. If you haven’t been contacted by these community members but would like to write a letter of support in these areas, please get in touch as the deadline for the proposals in early next week. There are also other proposals going in for Neurospora mutant strain resequencing, more Fusarium species, transcriptomes of mycorrhizal fungi, and other topics. If you are are a user of data from any of the previous fungal projects that you know how important these resources are in both comparative genomics and molecular biology work, so support to get additional sequences generated will benefit many in the community.
I don’t know if it is appropriate for me to post the text of the solicitation for letters here, differing to the privacy of the groups submitting proposals, but if you want to help out the community by writing a letter showing that you would benefit from these resources, I can try to put you in touch.