Biol 440 Plant Genomics

BIOL 440 Plant Genomics

Additional resources: Genomics Acronym Zoo

Topics covered:
[note lecture content may change as the course is developed]


Major features of plant genomes: Organization, size, diversity, transposable elements, microsatellites and other repetitive DNA, gene density, colinearity, plant genome size variation, genome size expansion and contraction

Major features of plant genomes: Gene duplication, gene families, pseudogenes, cis-regulatory elements, non-protein-coding genes

Major features of plant genomes: Heterochromatin and euchromatin, centromeres, telomeres

Methods and resources

Genome mapping and sequencing: marker development and mapping, genome sequencing methods, next generation sequencing technologies, genome annotation

Sequenced plant genomes, comparative plant genomics

Analysis of gene expression (transcription) on a genome-wide scale and applications to other areas of plant biology

Sequence analysis tools, web databases for plant genomics and transcriptomics, introduction to bioinformatics analyses

Epigenetics: DNA methylation, histone methylation and acetylation, microRNAs, and genomics approaches to studying epigenetics


Applications of genomics and molecular genetics for determining the genetic basis of agricultural traits

Genetics and genomics of crop domestication and genes selected for during domestication

Applications of genetic and genomic approaches to studying hybridization, hybrid vigour, and allopolyploidy

Applications of genomics approaches to population and evolutionary questions: Introgression, phylogenomics, chloroplast genomics

Applications of genomics approaches to questions in plant ecology: Introduction to the new field of ecological genomics that investigates genes underlying ecologically important traits

Genomics of plant responses to environmental stress

Genomics of biofuels

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