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V. Brendel serving as Chair of the iPlant Collaborative Scientific Advisory Board

V. Brendel appointed Consulting Editor of The Plant Cell

Recent publications:

Duvick, J., Standage, D.S., Merchant, N. & Brendel, V.P. (2016) xGDBvm: A Web GUI-driven workflow for annotating eukaryotic genomes in the cloud. The Plant Cell [Advance Publication: 28 March 2016]

Standage, D.S., Berens, A.J., Glastad, K.M., Severin, A.J., Brendel, V.P. & Toth, A.L. (2016) Genome, transcriptom and methylome sequencing of a primitively eusocial wasp reveal a greatly reduced DNA methylaiton system in a social insect. Molecular Ecology [First published: 15 March 2016]

PlantGDB News:

xGDBvm on YouTube

Branch Out!

Yes, there is much more to see and learn. The Tree of Life Project is one fascinating starting point for branching out. Ok, we know a lot (something?) about Arabidopsis. What and who else is out there?


Try to find who of us plays in the Barn Owl Band.


Aikido practice space
Are you interested in practicing Aikido in the Iowa State University / Ames community? You may not find an official dojo, but you will find some dedicated students. Please contact Volker Brendel (E-mail:

Some of the places where we have studied: