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News Archive

Infrastructure update

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.

New Species

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.


Website news

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.

Infrastructure update

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.

Infrastructure update

Our graduate student interns Chien-Yueh Lee, Han Lin, and Jun-Wei Lin from the National Taiwan University have completely re-engineered our BLAST site! You can find the site here: And a new BLAST guide here: If you still wish to use the 'legacy' BLAST site, it is available here: Feedback is welcome!

New Species

We have added ten new species to the i5k Workspace. They are:

Agrilus planipennis (Baylor i5k pilot)

Centruroides exilicauda (Baylor i5k pilot)

Copidosoma floridanum (Baylor i5k pilot)

Gerris buenoi (Baylor i5k pilot)

Homalodisca vitripennis (Baylor i5k pilot)

Latrodectus hesperus (Baylor i5k pilot)

Limnephilus lunatus (Baylor i5k pilot)

Loxosceles reclusa (Baylor i5k pilot)

Onthophagus taurus (Baylor i5k pilot)

Tigriopus californicus (Burton lab, UCSD)


Thanks to these new projects for contributing their content! Organism pages, BLAST, the JBrowse genome browser, Web Apollo, and data downloads are available for each species.

In addition to this, we have been working to improve other aspects of out site. We have updated the each of our species to the latest version of Jbrowse/Web Apollo. We have also implemented a new system for organizing the tracks into categories, though you may need to clear your browser cache to see these. We are actively working to develop these categories, and welcome comments and feedback. We have also made the decision to remove the 'gene pages'. We will re-instate these pages for official gene sets, but we decided to remove them for preliminary gene sets. Please contact us if you have any questions about this. Finally, this has been a major update to multiple aspects of the site, and we have been working hard to make sure everything is working as expected. However, if you notice any unusual behavior, let us know right away.

Website news

A new tool is available from the Hamodrakas lab that "allows the accurate detection and classification of putative structural cuticular proteins, from sequence alone, in proteomes". We encourage annotators to read the documentation and try out the tool for the functional annotation of their species.

Infrastructure update

Our new menu item allows you to navigate and download all of the datasets available for the species hosted at the i5k Workspace@NAL.

Website news

From the website (

The goal of the NSF-funded Insect Genetic Technologies RCN is to connect insect scientists for the purpose of disseminating advanced technologies for genome modification of insects through symposia, technical workshops, and training fellowships. The network is open to all: students, postdocs, researchers, technicians and faculty.