About this project
The eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) is one of the most important
vegetable crop species in Japan as well as in other Asian, Middle
and Near Eastarn, Mediterranean and African countries. Eggplant belongs
to the Solanaceae family including tomato, potato and pepper, but
unlike these allies, it is endemic to the Old World. To get this
unique solanaceous member up on the stage of genomics and let it act
as a crucial cast in molecular genetic and physiological studies,
eggplant whole-genome sequencing has been done to construct a draft
Draft Genome Sequence of Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.
): the Representative Solanum Species Indigenous to the Old World.
Hirakawa H, Shirasawa K, Miyatake K, Nunome T, Negoro S, Ohyama A, Yamaguchi H, Sato S, Isobe S, Tabata S, Fukuoka H. (2014)
, in press.