New assembly for wheat:

This release of Ensembl Plants hosts the latest wheat assembly from the IWGSC (IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 and IWGSC RefSeq annotation v1.0). Current data includes:

  • The Axiom 820K SNP Array from CerealsDB.
  • EMS-induced mutations from sequenced TILLING populations (Kronos and Cadensa).
  • Assembly to assembly mapping and gene ID mapping to the previous TGAC v1 assembly and annotation.
  • Whole genome alignments to rice, brachypodium and barley.
  • The TGACv1 assembly will still be availble via the Ensembl Plants archive site.
Ensembl Genomes Archive Sites Now Available

Ensembl Genomes now has archive sites for all divisions. These can be found at the following URLs:

The archive sites will allow researchers to access data from old releases via our web-based tools, and additionally will be able to display track hubs containing alignments and features located on older versions of genome assemblies that have since been upgraded in the live site. Archive sites will be searchable and BioMarts will be available where they were produced for the site when live. Schema and API versions for archive sites will be the same as when the data was released, i.e. archive sites will not be updated to use the most recent versions. Ensembl tools will not be active in the initial release, but we are hoping to enable these shortly; likewise, archival REST servers will not initially be available, but will be added in future. Major bugs (i.e. those impeding the usability of the site) will be fixed, but minor bugs will not be.

The first release of the archive sites contains content from release 37. New archive sites will be released at least once a year, under URLs indicating the date of first release of the data they contain. The previously existing archive for Ensembl Plants,, will continue to be available at this URL, but also as, in accordance with the new naming scheme. As previously, data from all recent releases will continue to be available for download at

posted 2017-11-07

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What's New in Release 40 (July 2018)

This release of Ensembl Bacteria has no significant updates.

Release 40 of Ensembl Fungi has no significant updates since the last release. It has a a total of 811 genomes from 523 species.

No significant updates for this release.

Release 40 of Ensembl Plants adds the largest genome sequence ever assembled, the IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 wheat genome assembly. Analysis and additional data for wheat includes, gene trees computed against more than 50 other species, whole genome alignments to barley, brachy, rice and between components, and nearly a million variations across several hundred samples from CerealsDB.

Three new genomes have also been added in this release, including two legumes, and six of our existing species have been updated to the latest publicly available assembly versions.

This release of Ensembl Protists contains updated gene annotation for Leishmania major (GCA_000002725.2) along with gene trees, homologies and gene families. There are a total of 189 genomes from 119 species.

Release notes from previous releases