Enhancing the sugar beet genome sequence for research and biotechnological applications.
Project duration: 2011 - 2014; funded by PLANT-2030 (by BMBF/PtJ)
Coordinator: Bernd Weisshaar (Uni Bielefeld)
PI's: Heinz Himmelbauer (MPI-MG Berlin und CRG Barcelona), Thomas Schmidt (TU Dresden), Britta Schulz (KWS Saat AG), Thomas Kraft (Syngenta Seeds GmbH)

Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris) is an important crop in Europe and in the US, accounting for ~30% of the yearly global sugar production. The main goal of the AnnoBeet project is to functionally and structurally annotate the sugar beet genome sequence, aiming at an improved value for plant biotechnology. The existing and already quite good genome sequence data, which represent "draft quality" (output of the BeetSeq project), will be developed towards "pseudochromosome sequence data". Additional sequence data will be produced to close sequence gaps in a directed manner, and also to perform genotyping by sequencing (GBS). The generation of high-resolution genetic maps for sugar beet will allow to anchor additional, so far unassigned contigs and scaffolds. As a result of these effords, a genome sequence at "pseudochromosome quality" will allow to develop additonal molecular markers for breeding, and to detect presence/absence variation (PAV) which may have potential for sugar beet breeding. MORE


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Generation of Flanking Sequence Tags (FSTs) from T-DNA mutagenised Arabidopsis thaliana plants (accession Columbia).

GABI-Kat aims at generating at least 80.000 T-DNA transformed lines. DNA from T1 plants and seeds of single lines (T2 seeds from T1 plants) are harvested, and flanking sequence tags (FSTs) are produced from the insertion sites. SimpleSearch is the web interface that allows to search our database for insertions in "my favourite gene". We distribute seeds (usually T2) only for confirmed insertion lines.

PI's: Bernd Weisshaar, Koen Dekker, Bernd Reiss & Heinz Saedler (MPIZ)