Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/3/2009
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The soybean (Glycine max) genome sequencing project began as an interagency project with the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute providing the production sequencing throughput with the NSF and USDA funded groups providing genomic resources and soybean expertise to the project (Jackson et al, 2006). The goal of the project is to produce an accurately sequenced, assembled, and annotated representation of the soybean genome that will form the basis for worldwide soybean genomics research. There are several major steps involved in producing this genome sequence including: sequencing, whole genome shotgun (WGS) assembly, chromosome-scale assembly, and annotation. This chapter describes these steps, as well as a description of characteristics of the genome based on the 7x sequence coverage WGS assembly.