Seed of the NAM Parents used in the USB-funded Nested Association Mapping (NAM) project are now available for distribution to interested researchers. To receive a packet of ~ 250 seed of each parent, send an e-mail TO Jim Specht with a CC to Brian Diers.
There are three caveats that seed requesters need to be aware of:
NOTE: he NAM project genotypic and phenotypic resources should be of great value to the Soybean Research Community. All of the NAM parents have been sequenced. The 4,300 SNP marker genotyping is nearly complete, and agronomic phenotypes of those parents were measured in multi-state trial locations during the years 2011 to 2013. The phenotypic and genotypic data were publicly released on 21 July 2015. There are about 140 RILs derived from each of the 40 NAM matings. However, because of time and effort logistics associated with the packeting 140-RIL sets, and because final details on a RIL seed request MTA are not yet worked out, seed of the RILs cannot yet be distributed. A subsequent announcement will be issued to SoyBase Members when the two problems have been resolved.
So why would YOU be interested in obtaining NAM Parent Seed? Jim Specht and Brian Diers recommend that seed requesters screen the NAM parents for their particular traits of interest this summer. After getting access to the parental and RIL 4,300 SNP marker data AND the agronomic phenotype data on July 21, YOU will then be able to identify particular parental contrasts for YOUR trait that will then warrant YOUR further interest in receiving specific RIL populations derived from those parental contrasts in the trait of YOUR interest. YOU will then have all of genotypic data and phenotypic agronomic data (collected by the NAM Project PIs and Co-PIs) to provide YOU with an excellent means of mapping YOUR trait of interest in the context of having a heckuva lot of collateral agronomic and seed constituent data to examine with regard to its association with your YOUR trait!!
Hmmmmm! Jim Specht simply says "Soybean Research Colleagues, this is indeed sliced bread"!
Jim Specht & Brian Diers