NGS shows insights into evolutional losses of nitrogen-fixing rhizobium symbioses

Published on
June 8, 2018

The contribution of Wageningen researchers to the Science publication: ‘Phylogenomics reveals multiple losses of nitrogen-fixing root nodule symbiosis’, was based on work using the Next Generation Sequencing equipment.

The researchers worked on DNA sample preparation and sequencing, using different combined Illumina Technologies to understand the losses of the ability of nitrogen-fixing in root nodules in some plant species during evolution. The more elaborate results of their research was published in a separate PNAS article: ‘comparative genomics of the nonlegume Parasponia reveals insights into evolution of nitrogen-fixing rhizobium symbioses’.

Several groups within WUR worked together on the genomics of nitrogen-fixing rhizobium symbioses: Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics Group, Bioscience, Biosystematics Group & Plant Physiology.