The Genomes of Rosaceous Berries and Their Wild Relatives

  • Timo Hytönen
  • Julie Graham
  • Richard Harrison

Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Genomes of Crop Wild-Relatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Maria Kinga Sobczyk
      Pages 11-23
    3. Elizabeth I. Alger, Marivi Colle, Patrick P. Edger
      Pages 25-33
    4. Elli A. Koskela, Timo Hytönen
      Pages 35-48
    5. Leon van Eck, James M. Bradeen
      Pages 63-75
  3. The Genomes of Rosaceous Berries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Charlotte F. Nellist
      Pages 79-94
    3. Delphine M. Pott, José G. Vallarino, Sonia Osorio, Iraida Amaya
      Pages 95-113
    4. Robert Vickerstaff
      Pages 115-127
    5. Sachiko N. Isobe, Kenta Shirasawa, Soichiro Nagano, Hideki Hirakawa
      Pages 129-137
    6. Elena Palomo-Ríos, Miguel A. Quesada, Antonio J. Matas, Fernando Pliego-Alfaro, José A. Mercado
      Pages 139-160
    7. Sujeet Verma, Luis F. Osorio, Seonghee Lee, Nahla V. Bassil, Vance M. Whitaker
      Pages 161-184
    8. Robert VanBuren, Doug Bryant, Jill M. Bushakra, Kelly J. Vining, Sergei Filichkin, Patrick P. Edger et al.
      Pages 185-197
    9. Julie Graham, Craig Simpson
      Pages 199-212

About this book


This book collates the most up to date information on Fragaria, and Rubus genomes. It focuses on the latest advances in the model system Fragaria vesca, along with the allied advances in economically important crops. Covering both basic and applied aspects of crop genomics, it illustrates strategies and resources for the study and utilization of genome sequences and aligned functional genomics resources.

Rosaceous berries are collectively an increasingly important set of high-value global crops, with a trade value of over £2 billion dollars per annum. The rosaceous berries strawberry, raspberry and blackberry share some common features at the genome scale, namely a range of ploidy levels in each genus and high levels of heterozygosity (and associated inbreeding depression) due to self-incompatibility systems, dioecy, or multispecies hybridization events. Taken together, although the genomes are relatively compact, these biological features lead to significant challenges in the assembly and analysis of berry genomes, which until very recently have hampered the progress of genome-level studies.

The genome of the woodland strawberry, Fragaria vesca, a self-compatible species with a homozygous genome was first sequenced in 2011 and has served as a foundation for most genomics work in Fragaria and to some extent Rubus. Since that time, building upon this resource, there have been significant advances in the development of genome sequences for related crop species. This, coupled with the revolution in affordable sequencing technology, has led to a suite of genomics studies on Fragaria and more recently Rubus, which undoubtedly aid crop breeding and production in future years.


Fragaria vesca strawberry Rubus raspberry blackberry comparative genomics genome assembly crop wild relatives genetic transformation genome-assisted breeding

Editors and affiliations

  • Timo Hytönen
    • 1
  • Julie Graham
    • 2
  • Richard Harrison
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Cell and Molecular SciencesThe James Hutton InstituteDundeeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Genetics, Genomics and BreedingNIAB EMREast MallingUnited Kingdom

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