NGS and the tomato genome

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Published on: August 31, 2012

In May, a consortium of researchers from 14 nations finally finished sequencing and annotating the tomato genome. They started in 2003 without the benefit of next generation sequencing (NGS), but in 2008 when there was no end in sight, the consortium took up three methods of NGS: Illumina, SOLiD, and 454. Four years later, the project was complete.

Annotation of the tomato genome is still ongoing, but much of the annotated genome can be found at the Sol Genomics Network.

What else can next generation sequencing do? The next GARNet workshop, Tools and Technologies to Advance Plant Research, is a day dedicated to exploring the opportunites presented by NGS. Speakers will speak on a range of ways they have used NGS, including chromatin mapping, RNA sequencing, and generation of new Arabidopsis mutant lines.

Teaching Resources

Tomato: Decoded video from Science 360

Solanaceae school activities from the Sol Genomics network

Teaching resources from the University of Leicester including two ‘sequencing’ activities for 14-16s

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