News Archive

We would like to welcome three new species to the i5k Workspace@NAL!

More information for each of these organisms is available on their respective organism pages, and they are also available via BLAST and JBrowse. If you are interested in more information about these insects, please contact Scott Geib, community coordinator.


BLAST updates:

The color scheme for reporting HSPs now uses the static system by default. This system is based on the default NCBI system for reporting colors based on bit-score.

Viewing HSPs in Jbrowse/Web Apollo is now in color! Each HSP is colored based on the bitscore value, and uses the same color scale as the static color scale in the BLAST report. Right clicking on a feature to “View Details" now includes additional information at the HSP level based on the BLAST output. The HSPs are still draggable, and may be used as part of a feature annotation strategy. A big thanks to Han Lin for developing this feature!

There are several new user-provided tracks available for the Athalia rosae and Orussus abietinus JBrowse/Web Apollo instances.

Note that the tracks 'O. abietinus female cleaned reads, XY-plots' and 'O. abietinus female cleaned reads' replace the tracks 'Orussus abietinus female RNAseq cleaned unassembled reads, XY-Plot' and 'Orussus abietinus female RNAseq cleaned unassembled reads, alignments'. Similarly, the tracks 'O. abietinus male cleaned reads, XY-plots' and 'O. abietinus male cleaned reads' replace the tracks 'Orussus abietinus male RNAseq cleaned unassembled reads, XY-Plot' and 'Orussus abietinus male RNAseq cleaned unassembled reads, alignments'.

For Athalia rosae, the tracks 'AROS_ID05', 'AROS_ID06', 'AROS_ID07', and 'AROS_ID08' have been replaced with 'A. rosae female-1 raw reads', 'A. rosae female-2 raw reads', A. rosae male-2 raw reads', and A. rosae male-1 raw reads', respectively.

Dr. Alexie Papanicolaou has provided a set of predicted transposon domains for the Mediteranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata.

You can view this new data in the C. capitata JBrowse/Web Apollo browser.

The i5K Workspace @NAL has had some major infrastructural updates, and now runs on Drupal 7 and Tripal 2.0. These changes should improve the speed and reliability of our website. Please let us know if you experience any problems.

We have been working with the group at Agripest to migrate two species into the i5k Workspace@NAL:
 - The Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta (
 - The Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor (

Dr. Felipe Barreto has provided a large number of evidence tracks for the Tigriopus californicus JBrowse/Web Apollo instance.


We've been making a lot of changes to our website and resources, and are eager to hear what you think!

We have created a survey to help us better understand how you use our resources.  We are also very interested in learning more about what features are working well for you, and what we can continue to improve.

Please take a few moments to fill out our survey. All feedback is appreciated, and your input will help us better meet our community's needs.

We have recently released our new BLAST tool, which is completely reengineered, from the initial query building screen to the results panel.

We realize that the new interface is very different from the previous version, and that it may take time and repeated usage to get used to. Please take some time to read through our newly updated BLAST tutorial to learn more about the new interfaces features and capabilities.

During this time of transition, the original BLAST tool is still available at the Legacy BLAST page.