NCGR contributes to the NARA project by evaluating the genetic basis in woody biomass that leads to desirable traits suitable to aviation fuel and co-products conversion. This effort is led by Dr. Callum Bell, who is the sequencing center director and Vice President of Research at NCGR.

The National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a non-profit research institute dedicated to improving human health and nutrition through the application of genomics and bioinformatics. NCGR has a national reputation for sequencing and the development of custom bioinformatic resources for research communities. The NCGR Sequencing Center provides sequencing services using Illumina® and Pacific Biosciences technologies. NCGR also provides Genotyping, the gold standard for high-throughput SNP screening, and supplies software tools and services for analysis of genome and transcriptome projects worldwide. Our research staff undertakes services and collaborative programs in a multitude of areas including biofuels, crop improvement, marine ecology, inherited childhood diseases, and legume biology. We also provide educational outreach and internship programs.