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What's New in Release 38

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The Track Hub Registry

You can search the Track Hub Registry to find more than 1,400 public RNA-Seq studies aligned to plants (read more)!

Ensembl Genomes Archive Sites

New Ensembl Genomes Archive Sites

Ensembl Genomes now has archive sites for all divisions:

allowing researchers to access data from old releases and display track hubs for previous assemblies. Archive sites are searchable and have BioMarts available. Archival REST servers will not initially be available, but will be added in future.

The first release of the archive sites contains content from Release 37. New archive sites will be released at least once a year, under URLs indicating the date of the data they contain.The previously existing archive for Ensembl Plants, http://archive.plants.ensembl.org, will continue to be available at this URL, but also as http://mar2016-plants.ensembl.org, in accordance with the new naming scheme. As previously, data from all recent releases will continue to be available for download at ftp://ftp.ensemblgenomes.org.

New and updated genomes

This bumper release of Ensembl Plants brings eight new genomes, including cassava, cotton, cucumber, green bean, sunflower and yam. In addition we have updated to latest and greatly improved (v3.0) sorghum genome assembly from JGI as well as updated assemblies for both soybean and peach. Users can now view, query, download and analyse our comparative analysis of nearly 2 million genes across 53 plant species.

New barley genome

A ten-nation consortium has reported the first high-quality reference genome sequence of Hordeum vulgare (barley). The barley genome was sequenced and assembled using an array of state-of- the-art methods, taking ten years. For the first time, scientists can now locate all genes precisely in the genome and analyze complex gene families that play a key role in malting and resilience.

New Arabidopsis variation data from the 1001 Genomes Project

We have upgraded our representation of genetic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana, incorporating the full data set from the 1001 Genomes Project, covering more than 10 million variant loci across 1,135 samples (Cell 2016).


Ensembl Plants datasets are constructed in a direct collaboration with the Gramene resource, funded by the United States National Science Foundation award #1127112. Read more about our collaboration with Gramene.

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The development of resources for wheat is funded by the BBSRC-funded Designing Future Wheat ISP.

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Past Funding

transPLANT, funded by the European Commission within its 7th Framework Programme, under the thematic area "Infrastructures", contract number 283496.

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BBSRC funding for wheat (Triticeae Genomics For Sustainable Agriculture) and barley (UK barley genome sequencing project).

Ensembl Genomes is developed by EMBL-EBI and is powered by the Ensembl software system for the analysis and visualisation of genomic data. For details of our funding please click here.

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