International Team Decodes Mesoamerican Bean GenomeMarch 2, 2016
A team of scientists from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain, through the Ibero-American Programme for Science and Technology for Development (CYTED) has decoded the genome of the Mesoamerican common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).
The PhasibeAm team selected a specific MesoAmerican bean line for (BAT93) genomic sequencing, that is closely related to varieties that are commercially cultivated. The team established a robust technological platform, concluding with the sequencing and assembly of the 620 million base pairs. A total of 30,491 genes were identified in the genome and scientists also analyzed their expression patterns. They also observed and determined crucial events during evolution that have shaped the bean plant as it is known today.
Roderic Guigó, coordinator of the Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain said, "The sequence of the bean genome, both from the Andean variety, previously sequenced, and the Mesoamerican one, will definitively contribute to identify genes involved in disease resistance, drought and salt tolerance, nitrogen fixation, formation of reproductive cells and seed quality, among others."
The second phase of the project will involve sequencing the genome of at least a dozen other bean varieties and some of their close relatives to identify genes related to domestication.
For more details, read the news release at the Centre for Genomic Regulation website.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- International Team Decodes Mesoamerican Bean Genome
- Researchers Find Molecular Marker for Calcium in Potatoes
- New Study Reveals Eliminating GMOs would Take Toll on Environment, Economies
- Study Shows Plants Forget Unused Memories
- Filipino Farmer Leaders Learn from Bt Brinjal Farmers in Bangladesh
- Genome Sequence of Cultivated Groundnut Completed
- Wageningen UR Develops Method for Selecting Plants with Better Photosynthesis
- Overexpression of PslTIR1 in Tomato alters Fruit Shelf-life Characteristics
- Mutated Garlic Gene Expressed in Rice Confers Resistance to Sheath Blight
- Expression of Tomato Prosystemin in Tobacco Enhances Plant Resistance to Botrytis cinerea
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Bacteria Take "Mug Shots" of Threatening Viruses
- University of Missouri Scientists Breed PRRS Resistant Pigs using CRISPR
From the BICs
- UBIC Holds Meeting for Biotech Communication Stakeholders
- 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics
- 3rd Plant Genomics Congress: Asia
Subscribe to CBU: