Plant + animal genomics

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Plant + animal genomics solutions

In the face of a changing climate and growing populations, highly accurate long-read sequencing technology gives plant and animal scientists access to actionable genomic insights that other technologies cannot provide.

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Accelerate breeding programs and increase resilience to pests, disease, and climate challenges.

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Explore the biodiversity of populations, species and ecosystems to build a more detailed view of the biome.

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Plant + animal biology

Address questions about evolution, development, gene expression, transcription regulation, and more.

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Plant + animal genomics in action

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Genome wide detection and phasing of genetic and epigenetic variants from a single library prep

Simultaneously measure methylation by detecting 5mC at CpG sites.

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Building haplotype-resolved pangenome databases for improved marker development

With third-generation sequencing tools, researchers have been able to better impute complex traits…

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Getting the most out of your breeding program with sequencing

Three plant biologists talk about their journeys into sequencing plant genomes…

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PubMed article

Chromosome-Level Assembly of Flowering Cherry ( Prunus campanulata) Provides Insight into Anthocyanin Accumulation

The flowering cherries (genus Prunus, subgenus Cerasus) are popular ornamental trees that produce bell-shaped flowers with colors ranging from bright pink to crimson during the Spring Festival from January to March each year in many Asian countries. The P. campanulata cultivar “Lianmeiren”, with only 0.54% of heterozygosity, was the focus of this study, and generated a high-quality chromosome-scale genome assembly of P. campanulata by combining Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) single-molecule sequencing, 10× Genomics sequencing, and high-throughput chromosome conformation capture (Hi-C) technology.

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Shaping the future

A Genome fit for a giant: the California redwood

Sequoia sempervirens is one of the world’s fastest-growing conifers that live for hundreds of years. Once ubiquitous throughout the Northern Hemisphere, now only 5% of the original old-growth coastal redwood forest remains. Explore how highly accurate long-read sequencing successfully sequenced the large and highly complex California redwood genome.

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Advantages of using HiFi sequencing for your plant + animal genomics research

Highly accurate genomic sequencing helps uncover genomic clues from the organisms that populate our world. Complex genomes and transcriptomes provide pathways to protect crop and livestock health and better understand plant and animal biology at a molecular level.

Here are some advantages of HiFi sequencing to support your plant and animal research:

  • Build more complete, accurate, and phased reference genomes for all types of organisms
  • Confidently call variants at every scale, including SNPs, structural variants, copy number variants, translocations, and homopolymer repeats
  • Uncover new biology with RNA sequencing that provides full-length, phased transcript sequence — profile isoforms and capture 5’ untranslated regions
  • Reveal previously hidden regulatory mechanisms with epigenetic sequence information

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Long-read sequencing technology enables applications that address global challenges through accurate and actionable genomic data.

Applications to fuel plant + animal genomics research

Whole genome sequencing

Assemble haplotype-resolved, complete, and accurate de novo genomes and simultaneously detect methylation in the face of challenging complexity, such as high ploidy, high GC content, and highly repetitive sequences.

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Structural variant calling

Resolve variants at every scale — from SNPs and structural variants to copy number variants and translocations.

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Targeted sequencing

Accurately detect and uncover all variant types even in hard-to-reach regions of the genome to power genotyping studies, breeding programs, and more.

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RNA sequencing

Uncover novel biology with full-length transcripts. Profile isoforms and capture variants in 5’ UTRs for the data you need to build accurate genome annotations.

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SMRT grants

PacBio’s SMRT Grant program supports outstanding research that advances scientific discovery by awarding free long-read sequencing resources to grant recipients

Our 2021 Plant + Animal SMRT Grant program asked applicants to “Zoom in on genetic variation for a better future.” There were hundreds of applicants interested in using HiFi sequencing to obtain haplotype-resolved pangenomes to impute traits, capture structural variants, and decipher complex traits. Find out who won this year’s grant by pursuing a safer, tastier future.

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Long-read sequencing helps answer biological questions across a broad range of plant + animal sciences

Breaking through barriers of polyploidy and heterozygosity

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Insect biology

Develop disease prevention methods and improve pest control.

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Crop improvements

Improve crop health, conduct trait selection, and enhance breeding efficiency.

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Animal health + breeding

Study patterns of inheritance, immunology and domestication.

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Marine biodiversity

Explore ecosystems to study evolution and address the challenges of climate change.

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Examine genomic diversity of species-at-risk for assisted reproduction, wildlife management, and sustainability.

Workflows for your plant + animal research

Easy-to-use, high-throughput sequencing for the accuracy you need at an affordable cost

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Sample prep

Flexible DNA input requirements down to 300 ng

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Library prep

Adjustable multiplexing options to maximize throughput

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SMRT sequencing

Run a single SMRT Cell 8M at a time or several consecutively for set it and forget it sequencing

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Data analysis

Use SMRT Link software, or open source tools to analyze your HiFi data

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Long reads at a lower cost and higher throughput. Short reads with unmatched accuracy. From the fullest picture to the finest detail, your moment of discovery is waiting.

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