Submitted to: The Plant Genome
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/18/2006
Publication Date: 12/1/2006
Citation: Jackson, S.A., Rokhsar, D., Stacy, G., Shoemaker, R.C., Schmutz, J., Grimwood, J. 2006. Toward reference sequence of the soybean genome: a multi-agency effort. The Plant Genome. 1:55-61. Interpretive Summary: Decoding the complete DNA sequence of the soybean presents many complications because of the complexity and organization of the genome. In this paper the authors describe the approaches to be taken to decode the sequence. They present strategies for tieing together the DNA sequence with the genetic road-map of the chromosomes, and with the physical map of the chromosomes. This information is important to students and scientists who are trying to anticipate the form in which the new data will appear and will speed the ability to generate new hypotheses to present to granting agencies.
Technical Abstract: The face of soybean genetics is set to change with the imminent genome sequence delivered by a tri-agency group (National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and United State Department of Agriculture). The approaches and alacrity with which scientist will be able to solve biological questions and advance breeding lines will be dramatically enhanced. Questions remain though. How and in what form will the genome be sequenced? How will the genome sequence be linked to genetic and physical maps and how will all this information be accessible for biologists and breeders? In this article, we show how the genome is being sequenced and how various groups and agencies are working together to ensure that the sequence is immediately available and of use to soybean researchers.