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Crop Biotech Update

Scientists Release Most Complete Genome Assemblies of Cotton

March 20, 2019

Zheijiang University professor Tianzhen Zhang and colleagues generated the most complete genome assemblies for two cotton species Gossypium hirsutum and G. barbadense using NRGene's customized DeNovoMAGIC-3 software. The results are published in Nature Genetics.

Despite cotton's wide usage in various industries, little is known about its origin. With the chromosome-by-chromose representation of the two cotton species, scientists and breeders can unlock more of cotton's potential.

"The two cultivated allotetraploid cotton species have striking differences in fiber quality, growth habits, and yields," said Professor Zhang. "As a result of NRGene's tools, we can now compare these two genomes and use them to help us pinpoint the genetic differences responsible for these diverse traits. This can take much of the guesswork out of developing better quality and higher yield cotton as well as of studying cotton origin and domestication."

Read the media release from NRGene.