The structure of horseradish and watercress genomes uncovered!

In a study published in Plant Physiology, we showed that the tetraploid horseradish and watercress genomes are almost identical structurally (differentiated only by a 2.4-Mb chromosome translocation), and that presumably both originated by autopolyploidization. Both genomes closely resemble bittercress (Cardamine) genomes from the same tribe. This analysis represents a first stepping stone for the future whole-genome sequencing efforts and genetic improvement of both crop species. The paper was highlighted on CEITEC's home page: