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Genome Biology Plant Genomics Special Issue

Genome Biology are excited to announce the publication this month of a special issue on plant genomics, guest edited by Mario Caccamo (The Genome Analysis Centre, UK) and Erich Grotewold (The Ohio State University in Columbus, USA). The special issue includes an array of highly interesting primary research and method articles, along with topical, commissioned Reviews and Opinions from leaders in the field of plant genomics. We have selected some of the most interesting and important articles for you to peruse below, and if you would like to view the full content of the special issue, please click here. We hope you enjoy reading our special issue.


Transcriptional and epigenetic variation in maize

A Chinese group led by Prof. Xing Wang Deng (Peking University, China) describe an analysis of the transcriptomes and epigenomes of shoots and roots of two maize inbred lines, as well as their reciprocal hybrids, showing there is no significant parental bias in gene expression in maize hybrids and there is a positive correlation between gene expression and histone modifications in hybrids and parents.

Genotyping the USA national maize inbred seed bank

An important genomic resource analyzing the diversity of 2,815 maize accessions in the USDA-ARS maize germplasm bank across 681,257 SNP markers using a genotyping-by-sequencing approach.

Cacao genome sequence

The genome sequence of the most widely grown cacao cultivar allows the identification of a candidate gene regulating pod color, aiding the improvement of chocolate quality.

Responses of the grapevine berry transcriptome to the environment

An analysis of the transcriptomic and metabolomic responses of grapevine berries in different environments and across different years shows the early stage of ripening is most susceptible to seasonal climatic changes.

Structural variation in barley

A genome-wide analysis of copy number variations in 14 barley genomes suggests that wild barley has higher levels of copy number variation diversity throughout the genome compared with cultivated barley, and that DNA repair and template slippage may be responsible for generating copy number variations.

Gene activity in Arabidopsis root hairs

A transcriptomic and proteomic reference map of Arabidopsis root hair cells highlights that mRNA abundance does not always correlate with protein levels.

Wheat linkage map

A physical map of wheat chromosome 1BL provides a high quality reference sequence and provides insights into wheat genome evolution. Method


Mapping method

An important new mapping-by-sequencing method that combines whole genome sequencing and genetic mapping to improve mutant identification in Arabidopsis, as well as crop species such as rice and barley.


Crop breeding

A Review of how improvements in next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics analyses are accelerating developments crop breeding.

Plants-pollinator interactions

A Review of how genomics approaches are aiding studying genetic interactions between plants and their pollinators.

Following on from the success of the first three events, and set against the backdrop of the beautiful Bay Area, Beyond the Genome 2013 will take place 1–3 October 2013 at Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, and will provide an outstanding forum for discussion of recent advances in the field of genomics, including plant genomics, single cell technologies and informatics. For more information, please click here.

With best wishes

Gemma Bilsborough, D.Phil
Special Issue Editor

Clare Garvey, PhD
Editor, Genome Biology


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