Crop Biotech Update

Near-complete Genome Sequence of Snapdragon Successfully Assembled

February 6, 2019

Researchers have successfully assembled a near-complete genome sequence of the popular plant model system Antirrhinum majus, commonly known as snapdragon.

The near-complete assembly is comprised of 510 megabases of genomic sequence and contains nearly 38,000 annotated protein-encoding genes. The research was done by scientists in China and at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

Snapdragon, a flowering plant, has served as a model system for the past three decades, facilitating investigations into molecular and developmental genetics. Antirrhinum has been used as a model system by scientists in learning more about plant shape, gene function and important genetic elements such as transposons – also known as jumping genes.

For more details, read the press release from JIC.