International Consortium Sequence Canola GenomeJanuary 15, 2020
An international consortium of key academic and global seed company leaders from the USA, Canada, Europe, and Israel has successfully sequenced the canola genome. The consortium, led by Dr. Isobel Parkin, research scientist from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and Dr. Andrew Sharpe, director of genomics and bioinformatics from the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) reached a key milestone in completing the full assembly and mapping the genomes of 10 diverse canola varieties cultivated in Canada, U.S., and Europe. The genome assembly and complete mapping were done using Israeli-based genomic big data company NRGene's DeNovoMAGIC technology.
"Having top quality genomes of rapeseed/canola is crucial for identifying the genes responsible for key commercial traits," said Parkin. "This will be a foundational resource for basic research that's required to increase yield and nutritional values of rapeseed/canola." The research consortium will also include the comparative mapping of the full genome sequences into a pangenome.
Canola is a major vegetable oil crop cultivated on approximately 35 million acres around the world. Biotech canola was planted in 10.1 million hectares in 2018. Canola oil is commonly used in food production and diverse industrial applications, including biofuel. Increasing the productivity of the plant will expand its use for a range of applications, replacing lower quality vegetable oils and diesel fuels.
For more details, read the news article on the GIFS website.
You might also like:
- Scientists Identify Genes to Combat Canola Blackleg Disease
- Precision Gene Editing Used to Increase Canola Yield
- Biotech Crop Annual Update: Canola
ISAAA shares, disseminates, and promotes science-based information to help in achieving global agricultural sustainability and development. During this time of COVID-19 pandemic, we monitor research on treatments, vaccines and keep track of the pandemic's effect on food security and agriculture. We help the public make informed decisions and actions to mitigate and recover from the impact of COVID-19. At this crucial time, we need your help. Please support our efforts today from as little as $10
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- USDA Reports Increase in Corn and Soybean Yields Amidst Challenging Weather
- International Consortium Sequence Canola Genome
- US Observes National Biotech Month, Launches Joint USDA-FDA-EPA Website for Biotech Regulation
- Research Identifies Protein for Plant Growth
- Researchers Move Closer to Developing Nitrogen-Fixing Cereal Crops
- Int'l Team Uses Genomic Data to Show How Plants Adapt to Changing Climate
- VIB-IPBO Offers Summer Course on Modern Breeding Techniques for Maize Improvement
- Two-week Old Corn Seedlings' RNA Data Produce Reliable Yield Predictions
Plant Breeding Innovations
- Genome Studies Show Genetic Variation of Lint Yield Components under Salty Field Conditions in Cotton
- Precise Base Editing of Acetolactate Synthase Genes Confers Herbicide Resistance in Maize
Subscribe to CBU: