Agronomy 2014, 4(1), 13-33; doi:10.3390/agronomy4010013
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A Draft Genome Sequence for Ensete ventricosum, the Drought-Tolerant “Tree Against Hunger”

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Received: 15 November 2013; in revised form: 9 January 2014 / Accepted: 14 January 2014 / Published: 17 January 2014
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Abstract: We present a draft genome sequence for enset (Ensete ventricosum) available via the Sequence Read Archive (accession number SRX202265) and GenBank (accession number AMZH01. Enset feeds 15 million people in Ethiopia, but is arguably the least studied African crop. Our sequence data suggest a genome size of approximately 547 megabases, similar to the 523-megabase genome of the closely related banana (Musa acuminata). At least 1.8% of the annotated M. acuminata genes are not conserved in E. ventricosum. Furthermore, enset contains genes not present in banana, including reverse transcriptases and virus-like sequences as well as a homolog of the RPP8-like resistance gene. We hope that availability of genome-wide sequence data will stimulate and accelerate research on this important but neglected crop.
Keywords: enset; Ethiopia; drought-tolerance; Musaceae
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Harrison, J.; Moore, K.A.; Paszkiewicz, K.; Jones, T.; Grant, M.R.; Ambacheew, D.; Muzemil, S.; Studholme, D.J. A Draft Genome Sequence for Ensete ventricosum, the Drought-Tolerant “Tree Against Hunger”. Agronomy 2014, 4, 13-33.

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Harrison J, Moore KA, Paszkiewicz K, Jones T, Grant MR, Ambacheew D, Muzemil S, Studholme DJ. A Draft Genome Sequence for Ensete ventricosum, the Drought-Tolerant “Tree Against Hunger”. Agronomy. 2014; 4(1):13-33.

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Harrison, James; Moore, Karen A.; Paszkiewicz, Konrad; Jones, Thomas; Grant, Murray R.; Ambacheew, Daniel; Muzemil, Sadik; Studholme, David J. 2014. "A Draft Genome Sequence for Ensete ventricosum, the Drought-Tolerant “Tree Against Hunger”." Agronomy 4, no. 1: 13-33.

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