Sequencing and utilization of the Gossypium genomes

Andrew H. Paterson, Jun kang Rong, Alan R. Gingle, Peng W. Chee, Elizabeth S. Dennis, Danny Llewellyn, Leon S. Dure, Candace Haigler, Gerald O. Myers, Daniel G. Peterson, Mehboob ur Rahman, Yusuf Zafar, Umesh Reddy, Yehoshua Saranga, James M. Stewart, Joshua A. Udall, Vijay N. Waghmare, Jonathan F. Wendel, Thea A. Wilkins, Robert J. WrightEssam Zaki, Elsayed E. Hafez, Jun Zhu

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Revealing the genetic underpinnings of cotton productivity will require understanding both the prehistoric evolution of spinnable fibers, and the results of independent domestication processes in both the Old and New Worlds. Progress toward a reference sequence for the smallest Gossypium genome is a logical stepping-stone toward revealing diversity in the remaining seven genomes (A, B, C, E, F, G, K) that permitted Gossypium species to adapt to a wide range of ecosystems in warmer arid regions of the world, and toward identifying the emergent properties that account for the superior productivity and quality of tetraploid cottons. The greatest challenge facing the cotton community is not genome sequencing per se but the conversion of sequence to knowledge.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)71-74
Number of pages4
JournalTropical Plant Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Genetic bottleneck
  • Spinnable fiber
  • Transgenic
  • Translational genomics


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