What's New in Release 35
- Updated genomes
- New genome and genebuild for Sorghum bicolor
- New data
- New variation data for Triticum aestivum (wheat)
- Updated data
- Updated genebuild for Zea mays (corn)
- Updated peptide comparative genomics including updated barley, sorghum, corn and wheat
- Updated protein features
- Updated BioMarts
Barley genome available in Ensembl Plants 'pre' site
A ten-nation consortium has reported the first high-quality reference genome sequence of 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. View the barley genome in the Ensembl Plants 'pre' site prior to release 36.
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.