Towards integration of population and comparative genomics in forest trees

New Phytol. 2016 Oct;212(2):338-44. doi: 10.1111/nph.14153. Epub 2016 Aug 30.


Contents 338 I. 338 II. 339 III. 340 IV. 342 343 References 343 SUMMARY: The past decade saw the initiation of an ongoing revolution in sequencing technologies that is transforming all fields of biology. This has been driven by the advent and widespread availability of high-throughput, massively parallel short-read sequencing (MPS) platforms. These technologies have enabled previously unimaginable studies, including draft assemblies of the massive genomes of coniferous species and population-scale resequencing. Transcriptomics studies have likewise been transformed, with RNA-sequencing enabling studies in nonmodel organisms, the discovery of previously unannotated genes (novel transcripts), entirely new classes of RNAs and previously unknown regulatory mechanisms. Here we touch upon current developments in the areas of genome assembly, comparative regulomics and population genetics as they relate to studies of forest tree species.

Keywords: comparative genomics; comparative regulomics; expression network; expressolog; genome assembly; population genetics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Forests*
  • Genetics, Population
  • Genome, Plant
  • Genomics*
  • Trees / genetics*