Buckwheat researchers from Japan led by Dr. Yasuo Yasui, a renowned
buckwheat scientist, in cooperation with GeneBay, NRGene's Japanese partner,
have assembled the first accurate buckwheat genome.
Buckwheat is neither a grain nor a grass, but a pseudocereal which is more
related to rhubarb. Buckwheat grains are eaten as groats, and the flour is
used in noodles and other foods. It is gluten-free and high in protein, so
its popularity has been increasing recently.
The homozygous diploid genome is estimated to have ~1.3 Gbp haploid genome
size, and NRGene has assembled 1.27 Gbp with an N50 of 28.8 Mbp, with a
negligible gap percentage of 0.5%. As compared to previous publicly
available assemblies, this assembly presents a significant-increase of the
N50 value and higher accuracy.