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Improvement of the banana “Musa acuminata” reference sequence using NGS data and semi-automated bioinformatics methods

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genomics, March 2016
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Improvement of the banana “Musa acuminata” reference sequence using NGS data and semi-automated bioinformatics methods
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BMC Genomics, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-2579-4
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Guillaume Martin, Franc-Christophe Baurens, Gaëtan Droc, Mathieu Rouard, Alberto Cenci, Andrzej Kilian, Alex Hastie, Jaroslav Doležel, Jean-Marc Aury, Adriana Alberti, Françoise Carreel, Angélique D’Hont


Recent advances in genomics indicate functional significance of a majority of genome sequences and their long range interactions. As a detailed examination of genome organization and function requires very high quality genome sequence, the objective of this study was to improve reference genome assembly of banana (Musa acuminata). We have developed a modular bioinformatics pipeline to improve genome sequence assemblies, which can handle various types of data. The pipeline comprises several semi-automated tools. However, unlike classical automated tools that are based on global parameters, the semi-automated tools proposed an expert mode for a user who can decide on suggested improvements through local compromises. The pipeline was used to improve the draft genome sequence of Musa acuminata. Genotyping by sequencing (GBS) of a segregating population and paired-end sequencing were used to detect and correct scaffold misassemblies. Long insert size paired-end reads identified scaffold junctions and fusions missed by automated assembly methods. GBS markers were used to anchor scaffolds to pseudo-molecules with a new bioinformatics approach that avoids the tedious step of marker ordering during genetic map construction. Furthermore, a genome map was constructed and used to assemble scaffolds into super scaffolds. Finally, a consensus gene annotation was projected on the new assembly from two pre-existing annotations. This approach reduced the total Musa scaffold number from 7513 to 1532 (i.e. by 80 %), with an N50 that increased from 1.3 Mb (65 scaffolds) to 3.0 Mb (26 scaffolds). 89.5 % of the assembly was anchored to the 11 Musa chromosomes compared to the previous 70 %. Unknown sites (N) were reduced from 17.3 to 10.0 %. The release of the Musa acuminata reference genome version 2 provides a platform for detailed analysis of banana genome variation, function and evolution. Bioinformatics tools developed in this work can be used to improve genome sequence assemblies in other species.

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Country Count As %
Chile 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 113 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 21%
Researcher 21 18%
Student > Master 16 14%
Student > Bachelor 14 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 7%
Other 20 17%
Unknown 12 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 54 47%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 28 24%
Chemistry 3 3%
Environmental Science 2 2%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 2%
Other 7 6%
Unknown 19 17%

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