Bayer CropScience crack rapeseed genome
Monheim – Bayer CropScience has sequenced and functionally analysed the entire genome of rapeseed (Brassica napus), the second largest oilseed crop and contributor of 15 percent of worldwide production. The agricultural megacorporation compared the sequence data sets of an elite Bayer CropScience Brassica napus line, provided by Dutch Keygene N.V. and the University of Queensland, with the genomes of Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea, provided by the Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen (China). The company announced that the new insights will have immediate application, such as a computerised search for gene copies for use in both Bayer's GM and non-GM trait development platforms. It will also allow rapid and precise chromosome positioning of GM trait events. Furthermore, the genome sequences provide an excellent discovery tool for mining novel genes and pathways, and serve as references for the re-sequencing of relevant breeding lines used in advanced molecular breeding applications. Bayer will exploit the new data for agronomic trait discovery and metabolic enhancement of oil content and composition.