Arboretum Genomic Type Collection

Arboretum Genomic Type Collection

As part of its Living Collections Campaign, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has begun to create the first “genomic type collection” of plants in the world. This living collection will be the permanent home for sequenced living specimens of temperate woody taxa, available to all who wish to undertake research on the biology of these plants. As part of the initiative, the Arboretum supports genomic sequencing through the Arnold Arboretum Genomic Initiative and Sequencing Award.

 

Acer griseum bark

Acer griseum

2018 Arnold Arboretum Genomic Initiative and Sequencing Award

Nathan Swenson, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, is developing genomic resources for the Sapindales with a focus on Acer species. His laboratory is currently sequencing the leaf transcriptomes of ~90 Acer species and the genome of A. saccharum. With this award, he will sequence the genome of A. griseum, an important species that produces parthenocarpic fruit. Two reference genomes and transcriptions from throughout the genus provides a valuable infrastructure for future studies in Acer.

Asimina triloba, 12708*A

2017 Arnold Arboretum Genomic Initiative and Sequencing Award

The North American paw paw, Asimina triloba (L.) Dun, is one of the few fruit tree crops that is native to North America and the only species in the family adapted to temperate climates. Aureliano Bombarely, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech, and Jose I. Hormaza, Professor at IHSM La Mayora in Spain, will sequence the genome of accession 12708*A, our oldest representative of this species in the living collection.

Fagus grandifolia

2017 Arnold Arboretum Genomic Initiative and Sequencing Award

Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) scientists, Susan Strickler (Research Associate), Fay-Wei Li (Assistant Professor) and Eric Richards (Professor and VP research) will develop genomic resources for North American beech (Fagus grandifolia), an economically important hardwood species. The genomes of an insect-resistant accession will be compared to a susceptible varieties allowing the characterization of genes involved in resistance.