[All] CABANA workshops in February 2020

Rebeca Campos rebcamsan at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 23:04:24 GMT 2019

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce applications are open for a CABANA training
workshop in Latin America in 2020.

The GCRF-funded CABANA project <http://www.cabana.online/> is also
delighted to offer travel fellowships of up to £1125 GBP for researchers to
attend these workshops. The fellowships are open to scientists from Latin
America at any stage of their career. Early-stage researchers and
researchers from minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Title: CABANA Workshop: NGS applied to virome sequencing in agricultural

Venue: Universidad de Costa Rica

Dates: Feb 24-28 Wet lab (limited to 10 participants), March 2-4
Computational workshop (limited to 25 participants)

Deadline for Applications: January 20th, 2020

Registration fee: 30000 CRC ($50 USD) for the computational workshop only,
and 75000 CRC ($132 USD) for the wet-lab + computational workshop

Registration Link:


Virome sequencing is a high throughput method to identify and classify
communities of viruses, not only in plants but also animals and humans. We
will focus on the sequencing of small-interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to discover
the virus population in plant samples. The resulting information analysis
relies on viral databases that are constantly evolving, and software tools
constantly being updated. Therefore, we will explore all of these aspects
in this workshop.

The workshop will consist of two modules: i) a wet bench workshop for
training around the experimental design and DNA library preparation, and
ii) a bioinformatics module overviewing multiple applications of Virome
Sequencing, and its application in agricultural systems. People interested
in this workshop may apply for both modules (limited to 10 participants) or
only for the bioinformatics module (limited to 25 participants). Selection
of participants will be based on application form (

The bioinformatics module includes a pipeline for detailed computational
analysis of virome data; including genomic analysis tools such as
Virus-DetectW, phylogenetic and recombination analysis with MegaX and RDP
and network  analysis using the statistical package R. Also, publicly
available resources for virus analysis and their application will be
implemented during the workshop.

The detection of pathogens is an essential task for people working on
agricultural systems. In recent years the use of sequencing technologies
has enabled the discovery and description of new viruses, even communities
of pathogenic entities within crops, for example potato and sweet potato.
This is relevant for surveillance and to develop strategies to control
these pathogens across borders.

Target Audience

Plant protection organizations and academia

This course is aimed at wet-lab researchers at any career stage within
Latin America undertaking pathogen population genetics and surveillance,
who are interested in applying next generation sequencing to virus
identification. Priority will be given to those who have not yet attended a
CABANA workshop.

For more information regarding this course, please use the following link:

Please forward this call through your networks and local bioinformatics

We wish you the best with your applications and hope you have an enjoyable
holiday season.

Kind regards

Guilherme Oliveira & Piv Gopalasingam, on behalf of the CABANA Consortium

CABANA - Costa Rica organisers
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