Arizona Genomics Institute

Helping to Solve the 10 Billion-People Question

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Institute Profile


The Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI) was  founded in 2002 when it built a BAC library and assembled the BAC-based physical map of the rice genome  (Oryza sativa vg. japonica, cv. Nipponbare). AGI led the US effort to sequence rice chromosomes 3 and 10, as part of the 10 nation, $200M International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (IRGSP). Since then, AGI has either led or played a significant role in hundreds of genome sequencing projects that include maize (Zea mays) and the 27 species of the genus Oryza. Read more about our research here.


AGI’s Service Center has always been at the forefront of the everchanging landscape of sequencing technology. Currently, AGI operates a Sequel II and a Revio instrument and is a PacBio Certified Service Provider center. Through this platform, we feed both internal and external (fee for service) research projects.


Building on the legacy of being a BAC library lab and on the expertise of our staff, AGI specializes in extracting nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) of high molecular weight and purity. From large preps of plant material, to RNA from soil metagenomes, or even to high molecular weight fungal DNA, AGI provides the high-quality substrates for obtaining the best genomic datasets.

Get in touch with us  to discuss your genomics needs!

Recent News

21st International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG 2024)

June 14, 2024
Aerial view of rice fields with text promoting the International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, held in Little Rock and Stuttgart, Arkansas, from September 9-11, 2024, celebrating 20 years of the Rice Genome.
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Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to Arkansas to participate in the 21st International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG 2024), to be held on 09 - 11 September, 2024.

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