Capsicum Genome Initiative

Projectnummer: 1604-002
Thema: Duurzame Plantaardige Productie
Looptijd: 2018 - 2020               
Budget publiek: € - 
Budget privaat:  € - 
Projectleider:  Sander Peters /
Kennisinstelling: Wageningen University & Research

This project contributes to the development of new plant varieties, new breeding technologies, and strengthening the knowledge infrastructure in genome bioinformatics and genetics. To benefit from the allelic richness occurring in wild species and to advance on (introgression) breeding for crop improvement, assessment of genetic diversity and insight in chromosome topology is required, which at the moment is lacking. Disclosure of the genetic diversity and chromosome synteny and colinearity will not only be of critical use for precision breeding, but is also required to achieve a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of pepper genome evolution and the genetic basis of complex traits. Within the Capsicum Genome Initiative we aim to sequence and haplotype Capsicum accessions and reconstruct reference genomes for related wild species. However, today genome reconstruction of complex medium to large-sized genomes (> 500Mb) to full completion using NGS technologies only is often problematic. The lack of a high quality Capsicum reference genome complicates sequence based breeding efforts and assessment of genetic diversity for pepper. This situation urgently calls for the use of supporting innovative genomics technologies such as Genome Mapping, gDNA crosslinking,  haplotype phasing and Next generation Sequencing to realize the high quality reconstruction of pepper reference genomes. Such a high quality reference genome will serve as a golden standard for haplotyping and assessment of genetic diversity of a large panel of Capsicum accessions from genebank collections such as from CGN (Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands) and Katsetsart.   

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