Long read sequencing allows generation and improvement of chromosome-level de novo assemblies of complex plant genomes. Long reads are particularly useful to reveal structural variants and to characterize regions harboring repeats sequences that are difficult to resolve. In addition, haplotypes determined using long-range genomic information are valuable for application in breeding programs.
Genomic selection (GS) accelerates achieving genetic gain through shorter breeding cycles and is an alternative to marker-assisted selection. Genetwister implements new breeding schemes and methods that integrate GS for crop improvement.