Sequencing of the spinach genome
Spinach production in California has increased steadily with the introduction of fresh market clipped products in the 1990s. This has also been accompanied by an increase in incidence of disease, including Pernospora farinose (downy mildew), Fusarium wilt and Verticillium wilt. To develop molecular tools to address the challenges in controlling these pathogens, the SBC is taking advantage of the UC Davis Corporate Affiliates Partnership Program with a consortium of Seed Central members and BGI to sequence the genome of spinach. Consortium members include Rijk Zwaan, Pop Vriend, Syngenta, Enza Zaden, Nunhems, Sakata Seed America and Takii. In 2013, the SBC completed assembly of the spinach genome for the variety Viroflay. We are in the process of annotating and mapping the genome to genetic maps.