Ensembl Plants, Release 14

This release of Ensembl Plants includes the newly sequenced Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) genome [1].

Tomato is a member of the Solanaceae family of plants that includes several other economically important species, such as potato, eggplant, petunia, tobacco and pepper [2]. It is one of the most popular fleshy fruit in the world, with 145 million tonnes being produced in 2010 [3]. It is a plant model for, fruit development, ripening, biotic and abiotic stresses, and cell wall biosynthesis [4]. Taxonomically, the tomato is the first plant in Ensembl Genomes to come from the asterid clade; the large majority of the eudicot species being either rosids or asterids [5]. For this reason, tomato has been included in our pan-compara [6] analysis (for example, see the Gene Tree for Solyc01g088200.2).

[1] International Tomato Genome Sequencing Project.
[2] Sequencing the Potato Genome: Outline and First Results.
[4] Sol Genomics Network - Details for species Solanum lycopersicum.
[5] Rosids - Wikipedia
[6] Ensembl Genomes: an integrative resource for genome-scale data from non-vertebrate species.

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