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Drafting the Kensington Pride Mango Genome

Dillon, N., Innes, D., Ming, Y., Fang, X., Li, X., Gao, X., Zhan, R.L., Hong Xia, W., Bajaj, P., Bally, I., Kumar, A. and Varshney, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-4562-9131 (2016) Drafting the Kensington Pride Mango Genome. In: Plant & Animal Genome Conference XXIV, 9 - 13 January 2016, San Diego, CA.

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The mango industry in Australia is worth in excess of $150 million annually with the Kensington Pride (KP) cultivar capturing 60% of the domestic market. Valued by consumers for desirable taste and colour characteristics, KP has been used extensively as a parent in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ (Queensland, Australia) mango breeding program with over 400 hybrid trees sharing KP as the male parent. In order to gain a better understanding of Australia’s most significant mango variety, Horticulture Innovation Australia had led an international collaboration between the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT, India) and the Beijing Genomics Institute (China) to sequence the KP genome. Preliminary de novo assembly of illumina short read sequence data suggests that the KP genome is highly heterozygous and has an estimated genome size of 407 Mb. As refinements and additional sequence data are added to the assembly, a more complete picture of the mango genome will be elucidated.

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