Perspectives on Genetics and Genomics of the Brassicaceae

  • Renate SchmidtEmail author
  • Ian Bancroft
Part of the Plant Genetics and Genomics: Crops and Models book series (PGG, volume 9)


The Arabidopsis thaliana genome project laid the foundation for the advancement of structural and functional genomics in this species which resulted in an ever-increasing understanding of a multitude of processes at the molecular level. Ongoing progress in high-throughput genome sequencing technologies will now allow for a boost of genome sequencing activities in various Brassicaceae species, accessions, and even populations. Such studies will provide unique insights into the evolution of plant genomes and may ultimately advance breeding of the Brassica crops. The development of genome-wide transcriptome analyses in Brassicaceae species other than A. thaliana will also heavily depend on the rapid advancement of cost-effective high-throughput sequencing technologies. Important contributions to fields as diverse as developmental biology, evolutionary biology, population genetics, plant physiology, and ecology can be expected since genetically tractable Brassicaceae species that are particularly suitable for the study of a specific trait and/or adaptation are currently developed as additional model systems.


Brassicaceae Diploidisation Duplication Genome evolution Genome-wide transcriptome analysis Model system Next generation sequencing Polyploidy 



Bacterial artificial chromosome


Complementary DNA


Expressed sequence tags database


Expressed sequence tag


Giga base


Genome sequencer FLX

GS 20

Genome sequencer 20


Massively parallel signature sequencing


RNA interference


Serial analysis of gene expression


Small interfering RNA


Sequencing by oligonucleotide ligation and detection


Single nucleotide polymorphism


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)GaterslebenGermany
  2. 2.John Innes Centre, Norwich Research ParkNorwichUK

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