Sequencing the Potato genome: Outline and first results to come from the Elucidation of the sequence of the world's third most important food crop

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Chipana, Hillari
Muñoz, Raúl
Rau, José
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Potato is a member of the Solanaceae, a plant family that includes several other economically important species, such as tomato, eggplant, petunia, tobacco and pepper. The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC) aims to elucidate the complete genome sequence of potato, the third most important food crop in the world. The PGSC is a collaboration between 13 research groups from China, India, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, USA, New Zealand and the UK. The potato genome consists of 12 chromosomes and has a (haploid) length of approximately 840 million base pairs, making it a medium-sized plant genome.
The PGSC-Peruvian team was funded by grants from the Peruvian Fund for Innovation in Science and Technology (FINCYT), the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) and the Peruvian Council of Science and Technology (Concytec). Additional support was received from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga and the Peruvian Ministry of foreign affairs. The PGSC-Chilean initiative has been supported by National Commission of Scientific and Technologic Research (CONICYT) and the Foundation for the Innovation in Agriculture (FIA).
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Solanum tuberosum