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EMS-type variants from sequenced tetraploid (cv ‘Kronos’) and hexaploid (cv ‘Cadenza’) TILLING populations were added to Ensembl Plants.
Researchers and breeders can search this database online, identify mutations in the different copies of their target gene, and request seeds to study gene function or improve wheat varieties. Seeds can be requested from the UK SeedStor (https://www.seedstor.ac.uk/shopping-cart-tilling.php) or from the US-based Dubcovsky lab (http://dubcovskylab.ucdavis.edu/wheat-tilling).
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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 44,039 genomes (43,552 bacteria and 494 archaea) from the INSDC archives.
Three species make their Ensembl Metazoa debut: a bdelloid rotifer arrives to represent the Rotifera phylum; the rather attractive (and destructive) Asian long-horned beetle joins our existing Coleoptera (one of which, the red flour beetle, was updated to the latest assembly and gene set in this release); and the Hessian fly, a crop pest, was lured in by all that lovely wheat in Ensembl Plants. The sponge, Amphimedon queenslandica, has also been updated to the latest gene set.
Ortholog metrics were calculated and used to determine a set of "high confidence" orthologs. The metrics included congruence with whole genome alignments and (for closely related species) gene order conservation.
This release of Ensembl Plants includes an updated version of the Sorghum genome and an updated gene build for Zea mays. Additionally EMS variation data has been added for wheat, and QTL data for rice.
This protists release includes new variation data for Phaeodactylum tricornutum generated from 10 ecotypes.