The genome of C. quinoaRecent publication of the complete Chenopodium quinoa genome (Nature, February 2017)
Mark Tester and colleagues sequenced the genome of a Chilean coastal variety of quinoa along with the genomes of additional Chenopodium species to characterize quinoa’s genetic diversity and understand the evolution of its genome. This work has been a collaborative effort from many groups and the project brought together 33 researchers from 4 continents coordinated from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia). The data includes a high-quality reference genome assembly of the Chilean coastal accession PI614886 (also known as QQ74).
To download the C. quinoa genome and annotation, please visit the new quinoa genome database.
The authors hope that this resource will be a valuable asset to help accelerate research in quinoa. To understand the challenges associated to the quinoa genome sequence, we can develop a dialogue from the three following questions:
- Can and how this new “resource” will assist genetic improvement and breeding strategy efforts for quinoa with the potential to enhance global food security?
- What are the limits, the risks and the opportunities?
- What are the next steps to bring the gap from innovation to farmers' needs?
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