BBSRC project No. BB/J003743/1
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Project Update (12th November 2015)
A new Whole Genome Shotgun (WGS) assembly of the Chinese Spring reference wheat genome is now available
for analysis on the Grassroots Genomics BLAST server at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) in Norwich, UK (http://www.tgac.ac.uk/grassroots-genomics). The new assembly captures over 75% of the 17Gb genome in
very large sequence scaffolds. Read more...
Theme 1 outputs
BLAST the new assembly! (Clavijo et al.)
Ensembl Plants (wheat)
This project is a BBSRC strategic longer and larger (sLoLa) grant award that brings together complementary expertise in wheat genetics,
genomics and bioinformatics from four UK based institutes: The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC),
John Innes Centre (JIC), European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
and Rothamsted Research (RRes). Functional genomics research is carried out in collaboration
with the University of California Davis (http://dubcovskylab.ucdavis.edu/wheat-tilling).
Access to accurate genome sequence assemblies of wheat varieties and progenitor species will unlock new sources of genetic
diversity for breeding and accelerate the production of new varieties. Genome assembles will also provide key foundations
for understanding the complex evolution and domestication of wheat and the functions of wheat genes. The exceptionally
large polyploid genome of wheat is a major barrier to genome sequencing and assembly because it is composed of three
closely- related and independently maintained genomes, each of which contains very large tracts of repetitive DNA that
make each of these three genomes much larger that the human genome.
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