What's New in Release 34
- No significant updates have been made for this release.
New Bread Wheat Genome Assembly
A new genome assembly of Triticum aestivum cv. Chinese Spring is now available in Ensembl Plants. The assembly (TGACv1) and it's accompanying annotation was produced by the Earlham Institute, formerly The Centre for Genome Analysis (TGAC), as part of the Triticeae Genomics for Sustainable Agriculture project.
The assembly has a scaffold N50 of 88 Kbp and a total length of 13.4 Gbp in contigs greater than 500 bp (read more). The gene model annotation consists of 217,907 loci and 273,739 transcripts. A total of 104,09 protein coding genes (154,798 transcripts) and 10,156 long ncRNAs have been annotated with high confidence (read more). Approximately 99,000 genes (99% of the total) annotated on the previous IWGSC CSS assembly (MIPS) have been mapped to the new assembly.
Ensembl Plants Archive Site
Alongside release 32 we have launched a new archive site, where we will keep selected previous releases of Ensembl Plants publicly available. The first release available on the archive site is release 31, and includes the previous assemblies for wheat and maize.
Ensembl Plants is developed in coordination with other plant genomics and bioinformatics groups via the EBI's role in the transPLANT consortium. The transPLANT project is funded by the European Commission within its 7th Framework Programme, under the thematic area "Infrastructures", contract number 283496.
Wheat genomics resources are developed as part of our involvement in the consortium Triticeae Genomics For Sustainable Agriculture. Barley genomics resources are funded through the UK barley genome sequencing project. Both projects are funded by the BBSRC.