Crop Biotech Update

Japanese Researchers Assemble First Accurate Buckwheat Genome

July 18, 2018

Buckwheat researchers from Japan led by Dr. Yasuo Yasui, a renowned buckwheat scientist, in cooperation with GeneBay, NRGene's Japanese partner, have assembled the first accurate buckwheat genome.

Buckwheat is neither a grain nor a grass, but a pseudocereal which is more related to rhubarb. Buckwheat grains are eaten as groats, and the flour is used in noodles and other foods. It is gluten-free and high in protein, so its popularity has been increasing recently.

The homozygous diploid genome is estimated to have ~1.3 Gbp haploid genome size, and NRGene has assembled 1.27 Gbp with an N50 of 28.8 Mbp, with a negligible gap percentage of 0.5%. As compared to previous publicly available assemblies, this assembly presents a significant-increase of the N50 value and higher accuracy.

For more information, read the news release from NRGene.