Ensembl Fungi and Ensembl Protists now include over 500 new genomes from over 300 species imported from INSDC.

Release 27 adds new wheat variation data from the Hapmap project. The data were generated by re-sequencing 62 diverse wheat lines using whole exome capture and genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). In total 1.57 million SNPs and 162 thousand small indels were identified across the 21 chromosomes of bread wheat. In addition, the genotypes of 475 individuals have been added to the Axiom 820K SNP Array from CerealsDB.

The Ensembl browser now supports visualisation of data from Track Hubs. Track Hubs are web-accessible directories of genomic data that can be visualised in genome browsers. See more...

This release of Ensembl Plants updates repeat annotation across all 39 plant species usingRepBase (release 20140131) and PGSB-REdat (release 9.3p).

Following the launch of the new ncRNA sequence resource RNAcentral, Ensembl Genomes can now show alignments of sequences in RNAcentral against selected genomes. Turn on the "RNAcentral" track using the "Genes and transcripts" configuration menu, or try an example.

In collaboration with the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris and the J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, we have re-annotated the genome of the marine diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. The new annotation was produced using 13,828 non-redundant ESTs, 42 libraries of RNA-Seq generated using Illumina technology and 49 libraries of RNA-Seq data generated under various iron conditions using SoLiD technology, as well as gene models previously predicted in this and related species. The new gene set contains a total of 12,089 protein coding genes, an increase from the 10,402 genes previously predicted. Models have been checked and corrected through a process of manual curation. The gene models have been analysed using InterProScan and Ensembl Compara and are available to explore in Ensembl Protists.

The latest Drosophila melanogaster assembly (BDGP6) is in Ensembl Metazoa, and pairwise alignments to other dipterans have been generated.

Public MySQL Server Downtime

Due to maintenance work, the Ensembl Genomes public MySQL server on mysql-eg-publicsql.ebi.ac.uk:4157 will be at risk between 07:30 and 12:00 GMT on Wednesday 11th November, during which time it may be unavailable for use and running queries may be interrupted. Other Ensembl Genomes services will be unaffected.

posted 2013-12-10
Please take our user survey!

We're surveying our users to find out more about what you use Ensembl Genomes for, what we do well and what we could do better. The survey should take up only a few minutes of your time, and your answers will be very useful to us: please follow the link to participate https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HV5T5HZ and feel free to share the link with other users of our service. Thank you!

posted 2015-05-06
Change to BLAST service

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.

posted 2015-06-16
Future releases

Release 30 of Ensembl Genomes is scheduled for 17th December 2015 - more details in Ensembl Genomes Release 30 Intentions.

posted 2014-08-22
Decommissioning of Sequence Search service

Hitherto, Ensembl Genomes has made two alternative sequence searches available, one operated by the European Nucleotide Archive (and available through the link 'Sequence Search' in the header of Ensembl Genomes sites), and one using BLAST. The ENA-provided search will be decommissioned for all divisions with the release of Ensembl Genomes 27, currently planned for the end of May. The BLAST service will remain available for all divisions (metazoa, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria).

posted 2015-04-15
MySQL database retention policy

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.

posted 2015-03-25
New REST server

The REST server provided by Ensembl Genomes has now been updated to use the latest v3.0.0 codebase provided by Ensembl, plus supplementary endpoints for genome discovery and bacterial family/genome retrieval. For more information on these additional endpoints, please visit:

The new server is available at http://rest.ensemblgenomes.org/ - please note that http://beta.ensemblgenomes.org will remain accessible until the next release of Ensembl Genomes in October after which point it will be removed.

posted 2014-08-20
New public MySQL server

The Ensembl Genomes public MySQL server is now located on mysql-eg-publicsql.ebi.ac.uk, port 4157. Please update your scripts to use this new location.

mysql.ebi.ac.uk port 4157 will be retired on 4th December 2014

posted 2014-08-19

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What's New in Release 29 (October 2015)

Ensembl Bacteria has been updated to include the latest versions of 29,777 genomes (29,395 bacteria and 382 archaea) from the INSDC archives.

This release has been updated to include new and updated genomes from INSDC, and includes 156 new genomes, 1 genome with an updated assembly, 45 genomes with updated annotation and 2 genomes where the assigned name has changed. Genome annotations for Schizosaccharomyces pombe have been updated to PomBase release Chado v55.

Protein domains have been recalculated using the latest version of InterProScan.

This release of Ensembl Plants updates repeat annotation across all 39 plant species using RepBase (release 20140131) and PGSB-REdat (release 9.3p). In addition, many new and updated pair-wise whole genome alignments have been created, notably between Solanum tuberosum and Solanum lycopersicum (details), between Hordeum vulgare and three other species, Aegilops tauschii (details), Brachypodium distachyon (details), and Oryza sativa (details), between Theobroma cacao and three other species, Arabidopsis thaliana (details), Oryza sativa (details), and Vitis vinifera (details), and extensive whole genome alignments between the 12 OGE species (e.g. Oryza barthii vs. Oryza rufipogon, Oryza meridionalis vs. Oryza sativa, and Oryza barthii vs. Leersia perrieri).

This release of Ensembl Protists includes 21 new genomes, 1 genome with an updated assembly, 12 genomes with updated annotation, 3 genomes where the assigned name has changed, and 2 genomes removed since the last release.

Release notes from previous releases