NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A research project led by Cornell University has received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to to continue sequencing the tomato genome and to create a database of genomic sequences and information on the tomato and related plants, Cornell said Wednesday.
The university said the International Tomato Sequencing Project, which includes contributions from institutions in nine countries, received $4 million in 2004 for the domestic research.
The tomato sequencing project is the fist step in the creation of the International Solanaceae Genomics Project Genomics Network database, which will include research on the nightshade family which includes the potato, eggplant, pepper and the petunia, the university said.
The database will eventually help researchers seek common ancestors, determine gene functions and predict which plants might be candidates for genetic improvements.
Cornell said its researchers are developing resources to such as genetic maps, DNA libraries and sequences of the tomato and related species that will make the sequencing possible.