Agricultural researchers are increasingly adopting next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology as an essential research and development tool in plant and animal genomics. As accessibility and affordability continue to improve in the field of agrigenomics, NGS is being used for marker-assisted selection (MAS) to accelerate plant breeding and selection, as well as in transcriptomics, plant or animal-pathogen interactions and epigenetics.

NuGEN’s suite of NGS library systems, including customizable targeted genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) with Ovation® Custom Target Enrichment and RNA-Seq solutions, are helping agricultural scientists exploit the power of next generation sequencing to further their research and realize the dream of improving nutrition across the globe.

Genotyping-by-Sequencing simplified

Dr. Davide Scaglione from IGA Technology Services uses a custom Ovation® Target Enrichment Panel to simultaneously interrogate thousands of samples for thousands of SNPs.

A whole transcriptomics view to study drought resistance

Rodrigues et. al. use the Ovation® Universal RNA-Seq System to study the whole transcriptome profile of soybean, one of the most important commercial crops, to identify strains less susceptible to drought conditions.

Epigenetics as a read-out for inherited traits

Dr. Moreno-Romero's studies focus on the identification of epigenetic modifications that occur during early stages of endosperm development. Methyl-seq libraries were prepared using the Ovation® Ultralow Methyl-Seq Library System and ChIP-seq libraries were prepared with Ovation® Ultralow Library System V2 using very small amounts of starting material.