A reference-grade wild soybean genome

Nat Commun. 2019 Mar 14;10(1):1216. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09142-9.


Efficient crop improvement depends on the application of accurate genetic information contained in diverse germplasm resources. Here we report a reference-grade genome of wild soybean accession W05, with a final assembled genome size of 1013.2 Mb and a contig N50 of 3.3 Mb. The analytical power of the W05 genome is demonstrated by several examples. First, we identify an inversion at the locus determining seed coat color during domestication. Second, a translocation event between chromosomes 11 and 13 of some genotypes is shown to interfere with the assignment of QTLs. Third, we find a region containing copy number variations of the Kunitz trypsin inhibitor (KTI) genes. Such findings illustrate the power of this assembly in the analysis of large structural variations in soybean germplasm collections. The wild soybean genome assembly has wide applications in comparative genomic and evolutionary studies, as well as in crop breeding and improvement programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution
  • DNA Copy Number Variations
  • Domestication
  • Genome, Plant / genetics*
  • Genomics / methods
  • Genotype
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation
  • Peptides / genetics
  • Plant Breeding / methods*
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Quantitative Trait Loci / genetics*
  • Soybeans / genetics*
  • Translocation, Genetic / genetics


  • Kunitz-type protease inhibitor, plant
  • Peptides
  • Plant Proteins