Some Ensembl Genomes services will be unavailable from approximately 14.00BST on Friday 26th August to 14.00BST on Tuesday 30th August. The main websites will be unaffected but the FTP site and public MySQL server will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this essential hardware maintenance may cause. E-mails sent to our helpdesk during this time will be held, but no responses sent until Tuesday.
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From release 27 onwards, the Ensembl Genomes BLAST service uses NCBI Blast+ in place of WUBLAST. Please contact us if you have any questions about this change.
The "virtual" mart names used to identify our live BioMarts will change in release 31 to no longer include the version e.g. protists_mart instead of protists_mart_31. This is to make re-use of URLs etc. easier.
As the amount of data in each release of Ensembl Genomes increases, it has become necessary to restrict the number of past releases available on our public MySQL server (mysql-eg-publicsql.ebi.ac.uk).
Shortly before the release 27 of Ensembl Genomes in June 2015, all databases from all releases prior to release 18 will be removed. With each subsequent release, data from the oldest release will be removed at release time, leaving data from the most recent 10 releases only. The removal of each release will be announced with the intentions for the new release approximately 2 months in advance.
Please note that the data available from our FTP site will be unaffected by this change in policy, with data from all releases of Ensembl Genomes remaining available in all supported formats, including full MySQL dumps.
Ensembl Bacteria has been updated to include the latest versions of 41,610 genomes (41,198 bacteria and 412 archaea) from the INSDC archives.
Ensembl Fungi has been updated to include 634 genomes from 388 species.
Rfam covariance models have been aligned against all metazoan genomes, and are shown in the 'Rfam models' track in the genome browser.
Release 32 of Ensembl Plants contains a new assembly of the bread wheat genome (TGACv1), an updated Zea mays assembly (AGPv4) and five new genomes including those of Beta vulgaris (sugar beat), Brassica napus (rapeseed) and Trifolium pratense (red clover). We have also launched a new archive site, where we will keep selected previous releases of Ensembl Plants publicly available. The first release available on the archive site is release 31, and includes the previous assemblies for wheat and maize. See the release notes for more details.
Ensembl Protists has been updated to include 178 genomes from 114 species.