NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eurofins MWG Operon will provide genetic sequencing services and assembly for the effort to sequence the barley genome, the company said today.
The company will provide its sequencing and assembly services to the International Barley Sequencing Consortium, which is backed by the German Ministry for Education and Research and is being conducted by a number of research institutions in Germany, the US, Japan, Finland, Scotland, and Australia.
The project is being carried out using Roche’s GS FLX system and software solutions customized by Eurofins MWG Operon, the company said.
The barley genome is around 5.3 billion base pairs in size. The IBSC aims to develop a high-quality reference sequence of the entire genome, which eventually would be used to harness the plant’s genetic diversity to improve its use as a food crop.