CGIAR prepares new lab service with release of key crop reference genomes

Scientists at CGIAR are releasing 11 high quality reference genomes representing African crops targeted by the agricultural research organization. Eight banana, one cowpea and two common bean reference genomes have been sequenced and released. The release provides genomic resources for breeding and crop improvement through the design of molecular markers.

The set of releases includes banana and plantain, developed by IITA, including three wild banana diploid varieties, one edible diploid banana variety, three improved diploid banana parents, and one plantain variety.


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