Journal article

Super-Pangenome by Integrating the Wild Side of a Species for Accelerated Crop Improvement

Aamir W Khan, Vanika Garg, Manish Roorkiwal, Agnieszka A Golicz, David Edwards, Rajeev K Varshney

Trends in Plant Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2020


The pangenome provides genomic variations in the cultivated gene pool for a given species. However, as the crop's gene pool comprises many species, especially wild relatives with diverse genetic stock, here we suggest using accessions from all available species of a given genus for the development of a more comprehensive and complete pangenome, which we refer to as a super-pangenome. The super-pangenome provides a complete genomic variation repertoire of a genus and offers unprecedented opportunities for crop improvement. This opinion article focuses on recent developments in crop pangenomics, the need for a super-pangenome that should include wild species, and its application for crop impro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) project funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Tropical Legumes project funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for financial assistance. R. K.V. is thankful to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for providing the JC Bose National Fellowship. The work reported in this article was undertaken as a part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals. ICRISAT is a member of the CGIAR consortium.