Bruno Contreras Moreira
Plant genomes, pangenomes, populations, polyploids, wild species
The exploration of plant genomes is a fruitful area of research on its own and also as a resource for applications such as plant ecology breeding, or genome editing. Although Arabidopsis thaliana and rice are still the best annotated plant models, we are currently witnessing an explosion of sequence data that provide a genomic infrastructure for many crops and wild species. Moreover, whole genome sequences are now being used to compare related populations in order to discover private elements, both genic and non-genic, that might explain observed phenotypic differences. Plant comparative genomics is improving our understanding of plant biology and enabling the development of new varieties.