The i5k initiative is a transformative project that aims to sequence and analyze the genomes of 5,000 arthropod species. Species selection is driven by our common goal to better understand arthropod evolution and phylogeny through studies of species known to be important to worldwide agriculture, food safety, medicine, energy production, models in biology, those species most abundant in world ecosystems, and representatives in every branch of insect phylogeny. Our initiative is broad and inclusive. We intend to involve scientists from around the world to strengthen our combined research and form partnerships to seek funding from academia, governments, industry, and private sources.
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Join the Initiative
To become involved, first follow instructions on "How to Sign Up for this Wiki", and then let us know about your species of interest and the focus of your research by filling out this form. If your species of interest are missing from our proposed list, please follow instructions below on how to nominate them for sequencing as part of the i5k effort.
Nominating a species
All members of the research community are strongly encouraged to nominate a species for the i5K initiative. Share with us details about your species of interest using one of the following options:
Online Web form: To nominate a species please use.
Bulk submission of multiple species: Or if you want to nominate multiple species then try the CSV style spreadsheet option. Add the relevant fields in a text editor or spreadsheet application and mail the file to email@example.com.
- Proposed species
- Summary of species by order
- Full list of proposed species
- Associated Genomics Efforts
Total no. of species: 809
Pie-chart generated: 2015-03-30
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