Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Insights in Soil Ecology: SMRT Sequencing Powers Genome Assembly of Parthenogenetic Arthropod

[caption id="attachment_18874" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Andy Murray[/caption] In a recent BMC Genomics paper, scientists in the Netherlands report a high-quality genome assembly for Folsomia candida, a soil-dwelling arthropod. The organism, which is known for reproducing parthenogenetically (and only when infected with Wolbachia), is frequently used in the lab for toxicity testing. Lead author Anna Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, senior author Dick Roelofs, and collaborators at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and other institutions describe their findings in “Coping with living in the soil: the genome of the parthenogenetic springtail Folsomia candida.” The team chose SMRT Sequencing to characterize the genome so they could learn more about the…

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