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Pearl millet genome sequence provides a resource to improve agronomic traits in arid environments

Rajeev Varshney Chengcheng Shi Mahendar Thudi Cédric Mariac 1 Jason Wallace Peng Qi He Zhang Yusheng Zhao Xiyin Wang Abhishek Rathore Rakesh Srivastava Annapurna Chitikineni Guangyi Fan Prasad Bajaj Somashekhar Punnuri Sushim Gupta Hao Wang 2 Yong Jiang Marie Couderc Mohan Katta Dev Paudel K Mungra Wenbin Chen Karen Harris-Shultz Vanika Garg Neetin Desai Dadakhalandar Doddamani Ndjido Kane 3 Joann Conner Arindam Ghatak Palak Chaturvedi Sabarinath Subramaniam Om Yadav Cécile Berthouly-Salazar Falalou Hamidou Jianping Wang Xinming Liang Jeremy Clotault 4 Hari Upadhyaya Philippe Cubry 5 Bénédicte Rhoné 1, 6 Mame Gueye Ramanjulu Sunkar Christian Dupuy 7 Francesca Sparvoli Shifeng Cheng R Mahala Bharat Singh Rattan Yadav Eric Lyons Swapan Datta C Tom Hash Katrien Devos Edward Buckler Jeffrey Bennetzen Andrew Paterson Peggy Ozias-Akins Stefania Grando Jun Wang 8 Trilochan Mohapatra Wolfram Weckwerth Jochen Reif Xin Liu 9 Yves Vigouroux 1 Xun Xu
Abstract : Pearl millet [Cenchrus americanus (L.) Morrone] is a staple food for more than 90 million farmers in arid and semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa, India and South Asia. We report the ~1.79 Gb draft whole genome sequence of reference genotype Tift 23D2B1-P1-P5, which contains an estimated 38,579 genes. We highlight the substantial enrichment for wax biosynthesis genes, which may contribute to heat and drought tolerance in this crop. We resequenced and analyzed 994 pearl millet lines, enabling insights into population structure, genetic diversity and domestication. We use these resequencing data to establish marker trait associations for genomic selection, to define heterotic pools, and to predict hybrid performance. We believe that these resources should empower researchers and breeders to improve this important staple crop.
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Rajeev Varshney, Chengcheng Shi, Mahendar Thudi, Cédric Mariac, Jason Wallace, et al.. Pearl millet genome sequence provides a resource to improve agronomic traits in arid environments. Nature Biotechnology, Nature Publishing Group, 2017, 35, pp.969-976. ⟨10.1038/nbt.3943⟩. ⟨hal-02516604⟩

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