Two parallel chromosome-level reference genomes to support restoration and aquaculture of European flat oyster Ostrea edulis

Type Article
Date 2022-11
Language English
Author(s) Bean Tim P1, Tanguy Arnaud2, Penaloza Carolina1, Gundappa Manu Kumar1, Boutet Isabelle2, Houston Ross D1, Macqueen Daniel J1, Boudry PierreORCID3
Affiliation(s) 1 : The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh, UK
2 : CNRS, UMR 7144, Station Biologique de Roscoff, Sorbonne Université, Roscoff, France
3 : Département Ressources Biologiques et Environnement, Ifremer, Plouzané, France
Source Evolutionary Applications (1752-4571) (Wiley Open Access), 2022-11 , Vol. 15 , N. 11 , P. 1709-1712
DOI 10.1111/eva.13465
WOS© Times Cited 2
Keyword(s) aquaculture, bivalve, genomics, mollusc, restoration, shellfish

This volume of Evolutionary Applications sees the publication of two genomes for the European native flat oyster Ostrea edulis, a species of significant evolutionary, ecological and commercial value. Each is a highly contiguous chromosome-level assembly from individuals of different genetic backgrounds, which have been benchmarked against one another. This situation has resulted from the serendipitous discovery that two independent research groups were both deep into the process of building, annotating and investigating separately produced assemblies. Due to constraints with funder requirements and the need to recognize early career researchers for their work, alongside the technical challenge of integrating assemblies from two very different genomes, there was limited capacity to merge the sequences into one publication at the stage of discovery. This issue is likely to become very common over the next few years until the technologies for working with multiple genomes at once, for example, graph genomes, become commonplace in nonmodel species. Consequently, both of our teams have decided to collaborate rather than compete, recognizing the benefit to copublishing two separate genome resources for the research community, each with distinct scientific investigations, and working collaboratively to benchmark the assemblies.

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Bean Tim P, Tanguy Arnaud, Penaloza Carolina, Gundappa Manu Kumar, Boutet Isabelle, Houston Ross D, Macqueen Daniel J, Boudry Pierre (2022). Two parallel chromosome-level reference genomes to support restoration and aquaculture of European flat oyster Ostrea edulis. Evolutionary Applications, 15(11), 1709-1712. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :