Submitted to: International Cotton Genome Initiative Workshop
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/11/2004
Publication Date: 10/11/2004
Citation: Scheffler, B.E. 2004. The roadmap to the cotton genome. International Cotton Genome Initiative Workshop.
Technical Abstract: Cotton is not on the top ten list of species to be sequenced in the United States. With dwindling resources and more groups asking for their organism of interest to be sequenced the Cotton Community must come together and ask itself: 'What will it take to put cotton on the sequencing priority list?' There are several important crop species that have not made the top priority list. For example, soybean is in a similar situation as cotton and it is losing its predominant position as the top legume to Medicago truncatula, a minor crop worldwide. M. truncatula is the model organism for the legume community, but some researchers in the soybean community question if the sequence of M. truncatula will be applicable to their programs. From their prospective it makes more sense to sequence soybean before a minor crop like M. truncatula. The Cotton Community must ask itself what have other groups done correctly to get their organism on the top priority list and what mistakes have other groups made that are preventing their organism from being put on the list.