Data released on August 18, 2017
Pearl millet is a highly cross-pollinated diploid (2n=2x=14) C4 grass. It has high photosynthetic efficiency and biomass production potential. It is an important cereal cultivated as a staple food grain and source of straw for fodder and fuel in arid and semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It is necessary to explore the pearl millet’s genome data to reveal its genetic features and improve the production.
In our project, a pearl millet genotype Tift 23D2B1-P1-P5 was chosen for sequencing on Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform. Using SOAP denovo we assembled ~1.79 Gb of pearl millet genome with N50 884.95 kb (for scaffolds greater than 1kb). A total of 38,579 genes models, as well as genome repeats and non-coding RNA elements were estimated based on the genome sequences. The genomic data of pearl millet will provide more resources and empower pearl millet crop breeding.
Varshney, R. K., Shi, C., Thudi, M., Mariac, C., Wallace, J., Qi, P., … Rathore, A. (2017). Pearl millet genome sequence provides a resource to improve agronomic traits in arid environments. Nature Biotechnology, 35(10), 969–976. doi:10.1038/nbt.3943