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, 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.

Tecan’s suite of NGS library systems, including customizable targeted genotyping by sequencing with Allegro® Targeted Genotyping 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 Allegro Targeted Genotyping 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.