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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Title: The Genome of the Cucumber, Cucumis Sativus L

item Huang, Sanwen
item Li, Ruiqiang
item Zhang, Zhonghua
item Li, Li
item Gu, Xingfang
item Fan, Wei
item Lucas, William
item Wang, Xiaowu
item Xie, Bingyan
item Ni, Peixiang
item Ren, Yuanyuan
item Zhu, Hongmei
item Li, Jun
item Lin, Kui
item Jin, Weiwei
item Fei, Zhangium
item Li, Guangcun
item Staub, Jack
item Kilian, Andrzej
item Van Der Vossen, Edwin
item Wu, Yang
item Guo, Jie
item He, Jun
item Jia, Zhiqi
item Ren, Yi
item Tian, Geng
item Lu, Yao
item Ruan, Jue
item Qian, Wubin
item Wang, Mingwei
item Huang, Quanfei
item Li, Bo
item Xuan, Zhaoling
item Cao, Jianjun
item Wu, Zhigang
item Zhang, Juanbin
item Cai, Qingle
item Bai, Yinqi
item Zhao, Bowen
item Han, Yonghua
item Li, Ying
item Li, Xuefeng
item Wang, Shenhao
item Shi, Qiuxiang
item Liu, Shiqiang
item Cho, Won
item Kim, Jae-yean
item Xu, Yong
item Heller-uszynska, Katarzyna
item Miao, Han
item Cheng, Zhouchao
item Zhang, Shengping
item Wu, Jian
item Yang, Yuhong
item Kang, Houxiang
item Li, Man
item Liang, Huiqing
item Ren, Xiaoli
item Shi, Zhongbin
item Wen, Ming
item Jian, Min
item Yang, Hailong
item Zhang, Guojie
item Yang, Zhentao
item Chen, Rui
item Liu, Shifang
item Li, Jianwen
item Ma, Lijia
item Liu, Hui
item Zhou, Yan
item Zhao, Jing
item Fang, Xiaodong
item Li, Guoqing
item Fang, Lin
item Li, Yingrui
item Liu, Dongyuan
item Zheng, Hongkun
item Zhang, Yong
item Qin, Nan
item Li, Zhuo
item Yang, Guohua
item Yang, Shuang
item Bolund, Lars
item Kristiansen, Karsten
item Zheng, Hancheng
item Li, Shaochuan
item Zhang, Xiuqing
item Yang, Huanming
item Wang, Jian
item Sun, Rifei
item Zhang, Baoxi
item Jiang, Shuzhi
item Wang, Jun
item Du, Yongchen
item Li, Songgang

Submitted to: Nature Genetics
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2009
Publication Date: 11/1/2009
Citation: Huang, S., Li, R., Zhang, Z., Li, L., Gu, X., Fan, W., Lucas, W., Wang, X., Xie, B., Ni, P., Ren, Y., Zhu, H., Li, J., Lin, K., Jin, W., Fei, Z., Li, G., Staub, J.E., Kilian, A., Van Der Vossen, E.A., Wu, Y., Guo, J., He, J., Jia, Z., Ren, Y., Tian, G., Lu, Y., Ruan, J., Qian, W., Wang, M., Huang, Q., Li, B., Xuan, Z., Cao, J., Wu, Z., Zhang, J., Cai, Q., Bai, Y., Zhao, B., Han, Y., Li, Y., Li, X., Wang, S., Shi, Q., Liu, S., Cho, W.K., Kim, J., Xu, Y., Heller-Uszynska, K., Miao, H., Cheng, Z., Zhang, S., Wu, J., Yang, Y., Kang, H., Li, M., Liang, H., Ren, X., Shi, Z., Wen, M., Jian, M., Yang, H., Zhang, G., Yang, Z., Chen, R., Liu, S., Li, J., Ma, L., Liu, H., Zhou, Y., Zhao, J., Fang, X., Li, G., Fang, L., Li, Y., Liu, D., Zheng, H., Zhang, Y., Qin, N., Li, Z., Yang, G., Yang, S., Bolund, L., Kristiansen, K., Zheng, H., Li, S., Zhang, X., Yang, H., Wang, J., Sun, R., Zhang, B., Jiang, S., Wang, J., Du, Y., Li, S. 2009. The Genome of the Cucumber, Cucumis Sativus L. Nature Genetics. 41(12):1275-1281.

Interpretive Summary: Cucurbit vegetable species include squash, watermelon, melon, and cucumber. Agricultural production of cucurbits uses 9 million hectares of land and yields 184 million tons of vegetables, fruits and seeds annually. Cucumber is the third most widely grown vegetable crop worldwide. It has also been used as a model crop for many genetic studies. Despite the agricultural and biological importance of cucurbits, knowledge of their genetics (the inheritance of horticulturally important traits) and genome (the location and DNA composition of genes which control traits) is currently very limited. The genome of cucumber is made up of a linear order of DNA that is called a sequence. A study was designed to determine the order of the DNA sequence in cucumber to learn more about its genome or the nature of horticulturally important traits. The sequenced cucumber genome affords insight into traits such as its sex expression, disease resistance, bitterness in fruits, and ‘fresh green’ odor. The cucumber genome was sequenced. The cucumber genome provides a valuable resource for developing improved cultivars and for studying its evolution. The information obtained from this study adds dramatically to our knowledge of cucumber genetics and will allow plant breeders to be more effective in developing strategies for cucumber improvement. This increase in effectiveness will result in the development of improved cultivars that will increase the global competitiveness of the U.S. grower.

Technical Abstract: Cucumber is an economically important crop as well as a model system for sex determination studies and plant vascular biology. Here we report the draft genome sequence of Cucumis sativus var. sativus L., assembled using a novel combination of traditional Sanger and next-generation Illumina GA sequencing technologies to obtain 72.2-fold genome coverage. The absence of recent whole-genome duplication, along with the presence of few tandem duplications, explains the small number of genes in the cucumber. Our study establishes that five of the cucumber’s seven chromosomes arose from fusions of ten ancestral chromosomes after divergence from Cucumis melo. The sequenced cucumber genome affords insight into traits such as its sex expression, disease resistance, biosynthesis of cucurbitacin and ‘fresh green’ odor. We also identify 686 gene clusters related to phloem function. The cucumber genome provides a valuable resource for developing elite cultivars and for studying the evolution and function of the plant vascular system.

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