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Crop Biotech Update

International Research Team Releases New Version of Sunflower Genome

October 25, 2017

A previously unattainable version of the sunflower genome has been released by a team of scientists from NRGene. The NRGene-produced genome is more comprehensive than any existing version.

The assembled genome is 3.22 Gbp, built of scaffolds with an N50 of ~13.5 Mbp, less than 1% unfilled gaps, and the BUSCO results of 91% indicate that the genome is 90% complete. The scientists used genomics and bioinformatics to study the genetics of adaptation and domestication, identifying the genetic changes that underlie the formation of new varieties and the genotype-phenotype-environment interaction.

For more details, read the news release from NRGene.