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Brassica : Harvesting the Genome, Diversity and Products

The size of the Brassica genomes and their close relationship to Arabidopsis, make them tractable for whole-genome sequencing. In particular, there are considerable advantages to be gained from comparative sequencing between and within the Brassica genomes, especially in the context of the known segmental genome duplications that have characterised genome evolution in this genus. In particular, the Brassica research communities need to be able to locate genes in the relevant genomic context in order to understand regulation and pressures on evolution. For effective crop-based studies it is essential to be able to navigate between trait and gene, and to distinguish different locus-specific copies.

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Initiation and Development of the MBGP

The international Brassica research community has agreed on the need to focus on common aims, and generating and exploiting public-domain Brassica genomic information. The Multinational Brassica Genome Project (MBGP) was initiated in 2002, and a Steering Group established to help crystallize objectives and promote national and international research programmes. The long term aim is to capitalise on the immense opportunities and benefits that can arise from a combined and integrated effort to understand and utlise genomic information.

Draft White Paper for Multinational Brassica Genome Project (MBGP);   12/01/2006

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