// Oilseed Rape ('Canola')

Canola Pan genome consortium 

Oilseed rape, (also referred to as Canola) is an important type of oil crop that is low in erucic acid. Belonging to the genus Brassica napus, oilseed rape varieties are some of the oldest plants cultivated by humans and formed around 7500 years ago by the hybridization between B. rapa and B. oleracea species. This hybridization was followed by chromosome doubling resulting in a complex alloploid genome. Today, researchers are discovering new uses of the plant and seeking to push the boundaries of oilseed rape cultivation by exploring new growing conditions. With the increase in genomic analysis the canola community are seeking increased yields, improved hardiness and profitability while elevating the overall quality of the oil (and meal).

By joining this consortium, you can expand your genomic research efforts - you will benefit from access to its de novo assembled genomes, pseudo chromosome construction, direct linear mappings between genomes, homology based annotation for each of them and full gene Presence Absence, copy number and structural variation analysis (PAV, CNV and SV) and their visualization.

  • consortium leaders

Prof. Isobel Parkin (AAFC Saskatoon , U. of Sask)
Dr Andrew Sharpe (GIFS, U. of Sask)

  • Current participants

4 Leading multinational seed companies

2 Academic institutes

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit a sample?

Optimal genome assembly relies on high-quality High Molecular Weight (HMW) gDNA extraction which is suitable for our sequencing procedures. For swift and high standard results, we are offering DNA extraction as part of the service.

please contact our representative and request the documentation for tissue collection specifications and instructions.

Can hybrids be submitted?

The consortium offer is for the assembly of a homozygote sample (inbred or DH) using DeNovoMAX. Assembling a heterozygote sample requires the usage of DeNovoMAGIC which applies different sequencing data and assembly procedures. If your research requires the assembly of a heterozygote sample, we would be happy to provide it yet it is not in the scope of the consortium.

When will the project begin?

The project already started independently with each consortium member to sequence and assemble its own genome of interests.
The pan-genome analysis will start after finalizing the list of members who join the consortium and conclusion of all assemblies.

What type of files will be distributed?

Please request a detailed Technical Data Sheet from our representative. In short: The assembled sequence is delivered as .fasta, linear mappings are delivered in TSV files, annotation and gene comparison files are delivered in gff3 format.

Will data be published?

Yes. The results will be published as academic publications of the scientific committee.

What is the minimum number of participants?

5 participants are the minimum. please contact our representative and request for the latest updates of the number of genomes.

What is the payment schedule?

Payment is done in 2 installments, one 30 days after signature and the second after completion of the assembly.

Can a company join another to submit a single sample?

Companies and researchers from academia are welcome to join their budget together to be able to sequence and assemble their own genome of interest and get access to all the genomes which included in the consortium, pending approval of the consortium leadership.