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Ricinus communis Genome Project

Goals

The genome of Ricinus communis will be sequenced to 4X coverage, which will provide enough data to allow the assembly of the genome into a draft sequence, consisting of relatively large contigs and scaffolds. Genes and other identifiable sequences will be annotated in the assembled sequences. ESTs will also be generated during this project. These ESTs will not only allow rapid identification of genes but will also be used for genome annotation purposes. The availability of good ricin gene model information will be a great benefit to the plant scientific community.

We will use the cultivar HALE (USDA Castor Germplasm Repository at the University of Georgia, Griffith, GA - USDA-GRIN accession NSL4773), which was selected after extensive consultation with the community. The HALE cultivar available in the repository originated from Texas, USA and is the major domestically grown variety.

Please see the Background page for more information about R. communis.

Investigators and Collaborators

Chan, Agnes

J. Craig Venter Institute

Melake, Admasu

J. Craig Venter Institute

Rabinowicz, Pablo

Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Ravel, Jacques

Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine

 
 
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