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Spirodela Database

Duckweeds are ideal material for physiological, biochemical, and genomic studies because of their direct contact with medium, rapid growth and relatively small genome sizes. They are valuable means for biomanufacturing through genetic engineering technology and due to the recent progress towards duckweed-based commercial products. They can be easily maintained by vegetative reproduction in aseptic cultivation for decades. The small size of the plant is ideal for maintaining diverse accessions and therefore for evolutionary studies at the DNA level.

Spirodela polyrhiza whole genome sequencing

The entire Spirodela genome has been sequenced by using 454 with 20X coverage and the assembly was of very high quality improved by FPC. Our work has been published in Nature Communications, 2014.