Cassava provides calories and nutrition for more than half a billion people. It was domesticated by native Amazonian peoples and is now grown in tropical regions worldwide. Here the authors provide a high-quality genome assembly for cassava with improved contiguity, linkage, and completeness; almost 97% of genes are anchored to chromosomes.
This work is part of the “Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project” which is supported by the UK Department for International Development, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jessen V Bredeson, Jessica B Lyons, Simon E Prochnik, G Albert Wu, Cindy M Ha, Eric Edsinger-Gonzales, Jane Grimwood, Jeremy Schmutz, Ismail Y Rabbi, Chiedozie Egesi, Poasa Nauluvula, Vincent Lebot, Joseph Ndunguru, Geoffrey Mkamilo, Rebecca S Bart, Tim L Setter, Roslyn M Gleadow, Peter Kulakow, Morag E Ferguson, Steve Rounsley & Daniel S Rokhsar. Sequencing wild and cultivated cassava and related species reveals extensive interspecific hybridization and genetic diversity. Nature Biotechnology volume 34, pages 562–570 (2016) https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt.3535
Sequencing wild and cultivated cassava and related species reveals extensive interspecific hybridization and genetic diversity