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Full name: Date palm Resequence Database
Description: An online genomic resource database for date palm. Major Contents: >6.3 million SNPs and 246 hundred SSRs from of 62 date palm cultivars. >Pre-calculated SNPs and SSRs markers for classification and diversity analysis among the 62 cultivars. >PCR primers for SNPs and SSRs markers. >Phylogenetic relationships of all cultivars and their geographic distribution. >Coding SNPs and their effects on coded amino acids.
Year founded: 2017
Last update: 2017
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Country/Region: China
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University/Institution: Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Address: No.1 Beichen West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
City: Beijing
Country/Region: China
Contact name (PI/Team): Songnian Hu
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DRDB: An Online Date Palm Genomic Resource Database. [PMID: 29209336]
He Z, Zhang C, Liu W, Lin Q, Wei T, Aljohi HA, Chen WH, Hu S.

Background: Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a cultivated woody plant with agricultural and economic importance in many countries around the world. With the advantages of next generation sequencing technologies, genome sequences for many date palm cultivars have been released recently. Short sequence repeat (SSR) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) can be identified from these genomic data, and have been proven to be very useful biomarkers in plant genome analysis and breeding. Results: Here, we first improved the date palm genome assembly using 130X of HiSeq data generated in our lab. Then 246,445 SSRs (214,901 SSRs and 31,544 compound SSRs) were annotated in this genome assembly; among the SSRs, mononucleotide SSRs (58.92%) were the most abundant, followed by di- (29.92%), tri- (8.14%), tetra- (2.47%), penta- (0.36%), and hexa-nucleotide SSRs (0.19%). The high-quality PCR primer pairs were designed for most (174,497; 70.81% out of total) SSRs. We also annotated 6,375,806 SNPs with raw read depth?3 in 90% cultivars. To further reduce false positive SNPs, we only kept 5,572,650 (87.40% out of total) SNPs with at least 20% cultivars support for downstream analyses. The high-quality PCR primer pairs were also obtained for 4,177,778 (65.53%) SNPs. We reconstructed the phylogenetic relationships among the 62 cultivars using these variants and found that they can be divided into three clusters, namely North Africa, Egypt - Sudan, and Middle East - South Asian, with Egypt - Sudan being the admixture of North Africa and Middle East - South Asian cultivars; we further confirmed these clusters using principal component analysis. Moreover, 34,346 SSRs and 4,177,778 SNPs with PCR primers were assigned to shared cultivars for cultivar classification and diversity analysis. All these SSRs, SNPs and their classification are available in our database, and can be used for cultivar identification, comparison, and molecular breeding. Conclusion:DRDB is a comprehensive genomic resource database of date palm. It can serve as a bioinformatics platform for date palm genomics, genetics, and molecular breeding. DRDB is freely available at

Front Plant Sci. 2017:8() | 2 Citations (from Europe PMC, 2021-05-15)


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Created on: 2018-01-28
Curated by:
Lina Ma [2018-04-26]
Fatima Batool [2018-04-08]
Yang Zhang [2018-01-27]