Recent advances in genome sequencing and assembly techniques have made it possible to achieve chromosome level reference genomes for Citrus. Relatively few genomes have been anchored at the chromosome level and/or are haplotype phased. We have targeted the development of high-quality chromosome level genome assemblies for six native Australian citrus species and four domesticated citrus cultivars. The approach was illustrated by the de novo assembly of C. australis. These citrus genomes will provide information on important genes for citrus which is more useful for breeders and will allow an enhanced definition of evolutionary relationships with the other Australian citrus species.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotMs Upuli Nakandala

I am a 2nd year PhD student at QAAFI, and I am working under the supervision of Professor Robert Henry. I completed my B.Sc. degree in Molcular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2014. After completing my B.Sc. degree, I served as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the same University in 2018 and then I worked as a Research Assistant at NIFS Sri Lanka for two years. My PhD project is about Citrus genomics: chromosome-level genome assemblies, annotations, and phylogenetic relationships of Australian native species and four commercial cultivars.

Ms Upuli Nakandala, PhD student, Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: u.nakandala@uq.edu.au

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