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You can search the Track Hub Registry to find more than 900 public RNA-Seq studies aligned to plants (read more).

What's New in Release 34

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Future Releases

New Bread Wheat Genome Assembly

A new genome assembly of Triticum aestivum cv. Chinese Spring is now available in Ensembl Plants. The assembly (TGACv1) and it's accompanying annotation was produced by the Earlham Institute, formerly The Centre for Genome Analysis (TGAC), as part of the Triticeae Genomics for Sustainable Agriculture project.

The assembly has a scaffold N50 of 88 Kbp and a total length of 13.4 Gbp in contigs greater than 500 bp (read more). The gene model annotation consists of 217,907 loci and 273,739 transcripts. A total of 104,09 protein coding genes (154,798 transcripts) and 10,156 long ncRNAs have been annotated with high confidence (read more). Approximately 99,000 genes (99% of the total) annotated on the previous IWGSC CSS assembly (MIPS) have been mapped to the new assembly.

The Axiom 35k and 820k SNP marker sets have been provided by CerealsDB and located on the new assembly (read more).

Ensembl Plants Archive Site

Alongside release 32 we have 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.

Ensembl Plants is developed in coordination with other plant genomics and bioinformatics groups via the EBI's role in the transPLANT consortium. The transPLANT project is funded by the European Commission within its 7th Framework Programme, under the thematic area "Infrastructures", contract number 283496.

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Wheat genomics resources are developed as part of our involvement in the consortium Triticeae Genomics For Sustainable Agriculture. Barley genomics resources are funded through the UK barley genome sequencing project. Both projects are funded by the BBSRC.

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Databases are constructed in a direct collaboration with the Gramene resource, funded by the United States National Science Foundation award #1127112. Read more about our collaboration with Gramene.

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Ensembl Genomes is developed by EMBL-EBI and is powered by the Ensembl software system for the analysis and visualisation of genomic data. Click to see details of our funding.

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Ensembl Plants is a joint project of the European Bioinformatics Institute and the group of Doreen Ware at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who have developed the Gramene database [1,2], a resource for plant comparative genomics based on Ensembl technology [3,4]. A common set of databases are available through Ensembl Plants and Gramene, and the two groups are collaborating on the integration of content, quality control and the development of new features.


  1. Youens-Clark, K., et al., Gramene database in 2010: updates and extensions. Nucleic Acids Res. 2010. 39:D1085-94
    PubMed ID: 21076153
  2. Monaco MK., et al., Gramene 2013: comparative plant genomics resources. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014. 42:D1193-9.
    PubMed ID: 24217918
  3. Hubbard, T., et al., The Ensembl genome database project. Nucleic Acids Res. 2002. 30:38-41
    PubMed ID: 11752248
  4. Kersey PJ., et al., Ensembl Genomes 2013: scaling up access to genome-wide data. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014. 42:D546-52.
    PubMed ID: 24163254