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Potato Genome Project to Kick Off with Funding from Dutch Government

NEW YORK, March 31 (GenomeWeb News) - The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium said today that the Dutch government has awarded it €3 million ($3.6 million) to begin sequencing the first potato chromosome.

 

The PGSC said it aims to complete the sequencing of the potato genome by the end of 2010.

 

The PGSC is an initiative of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative and the WageningenUniversity and ResearchCenter, and includes research teams from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Canada, the United States, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, the UK, the Russian Federation, India, China, and New Zealand.

 

WageningenUniversityis coordinating the sequencing effort will maintain the potato genome database. Researchers at the university have already developed DNA libraries for the consortium partners and a map of the twelve potato chromosomes.

 

The funding from the Dutch government will support the sequencing of chromosome 1 and the coordination of the consortium.

 

PGSC said that access to the complete genome sequence of the potato -- the world's fourth largest crop -- will enable the development of new varieties with higher disease resistance and improved nutritional quality.

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