The Eggplant Genome

  • Mark A. Chapman

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mark A. Chapman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Sandra Knapp, Xavier Aubriot, Jaime Prohens
    Pages 11-22
  4. Rachel S. Meyer, Damon P. Little, Bruce D. Whitaker, Amy Litt
    Pages 23-32
  5. Mark A. Chapman
    Pages 33-40
  6. Lorenzo Barchi, Ezio Portis, Laura Toppino, Giuseppe Leonardo Rotino
    Pages 41-54
  7. Hideki Hirakawa
    Pages 55-63
  8. Sergio Lanteri, Lorenzo Barchi
    Pages 65-70
  9. Sergio Lanteri, Lorenzo Barchi
    Pages 71-80
  10. Pietro Gramazio, Santiago Vilanova, Jaime Prohens
    Pages 81-89
  11. Marie-Christine Daunay, Jérémy Salinier, Xavier Aubriot
    Pages 135-191
  12. Anna M. L. Page, Marie-Christine Daunay, Xavier Aubriot, Mark A. Chapman
    Pages 193-212
  13. Mark A. Chapman
    Pages 213-220

About this book


The book discusses the importance of eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) as a crop, highlighting the potential for eggplant to serve as a model for understanding several evolutionary and taxonomic questions. It also explores the genomic make-up, in particular in comparison to other Solanaceous crops, and examines the parallels between eggplant and tomato domestication as well as between the most common eggplant species and two related eggplants native to Africa (Ethiopian eggplant [Solanum aethiopicum L.] and African eggplant [Solanum macrocarpon L.]).

The eggplant genome was first sequenced in 2014, and an improved version was due to be released in 2017. Further investigations have revealed the relationships between wild species, domesticated eggplant, and feral weedy eggplant (derived from the domesticate), as well as targets of selection during domestication. Parallels between eggplant and tomato domestication loci are well known and the molecular basis is currently being investigated.

Eggplant is a source of nutrition for millions of people worldwide, especially in Southeast Asia where it is a staple food source. Domesticated in the old world, in contrast to its congeners tomato and potato, the eggplant is morphologically and nutritionally diverse. The spread of wild eggplants from Africa is particularly interesting from a cultural point of view. This book brings together diverse fields of research, from bioinformatics to taxonomy to nutrition to allow readers to fully understand eggplant’s importance and potential.


whole genome sequencing molecular mapping of genes Solanum melongena plant domestication Solanaceous crops African eggplant

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark A. Chapman
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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