The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution

  title={The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution},
  author={Bj{\"o}rn Nystedt and Nathaniel R Street and Anna Wetterbom and Andrea Zuccolo and Yao-Cheng Lin and Douglas G Scofield and Francesco Vezzi and Nicolas Delhomme and Stefania Giacomello and Andrey Alexeyenko and Riccardo Vicedomini and Kristoffer Sahlin and Ellen Sherwood and Malin Elfstrand and Lydia Gramzow and Kristina Holmberg and Jimmie H{\"a}llman and Olivier Keech and Lisa Klasson and Maxim Y. Koriabine and Melis Kucukoglu and Max K{\"a}ller and Johannes Luthman and Fredrik Lysholm and Totte Niittyl{\"a} and {\AA}ke Olson and Nemanja Rilakovic and Carol Ritland and Josep A Rossell{\'o} and J. I. V. de Sena and Thomas Svensson and Carlos N Talavera-L{\'o}pez and G{\"u}nter Thei\ssen and Hannele Tuominen and Kevin Vanneste and Zhi-Qiang Wu and Bo Zhang and Philipp Zerbe and Lars Arvestad and Rishikesh P Bhalerao and Joerg Bohlmann and Jean Bousquet and Rosario Gil and Torgeir R. Hvidsten and Pieter J. de Jong and John MacKay and Michele Morgante and Kermit Ritland and Bj{\"o}rn Sundberg and Stacey Lee Thompson and Yves Van de Peer and Bj{\"o}rn Andersson and Ove Nilsson and P{\"a}r K Ingvarsson and Joakim Lundeberg and Stefan Jansson},
Conifers have dominated forests for more than 200 million years and are of huge ecological and economic importance. Here we present the draft assembly of the 20-gigabase genome of Norway spruce (Picea abies), the first available for any gymnosperm. The number of well-supported genes (28,354) is similar to the >100 times smaller genome of Arabidopsis thaliana, and there is no evidence of a recent whole-genome duplication in the gymnosperm lineage. Instead, the large genome size seems to result… CONTINUE READING
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