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Plant & Animal Genomics

Plant and Animal Genomics

Driving Discoveries in Agrigenomics

Today’s agricultural researchers have many tools at their disposal for studying plant and animal genomics. Whether you’re interested in plant biology, crops and livestock, or model organisms, an accurate view of the genetic influence on traits and disease is crucial. As genomics becomes more widely used in agriculture, researchers and breeders are increasingly using Illumina technology to drive discoveries and advances.

Microarray and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies are useful for studying various aspects of plant and animal genomics, including genotype, gene expression and regulation, and epigenetics. These approaches offer the throughput, sensitivity, and precision needed to evaluate genetic markers and discover new ones associated with traits or disease.

Methods for Plant and Animal Genomics

Next-Generation Sequencing

NGS provides a high-resolution view of the genetic variation influencing phenotype in plants and animals. It is useful for discovering novel markers. For smaller sample numbers, it offers a low-cost alternative to microarrays.

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Microarrays

Microarrays are ideal for routine screening applications in plant and animal genomics, and the resulting genotype data can inform selection and breeding decisions. Arrays are especially cost-effective for analyzing large sample numbers.

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Customer Stories in Plant and Animal Genomics

Improved Breeding Plans for Beef Cattle
Improved Breeding Plans for Beef Cattle

Sébastian Clairand, manager of the meat sector at Evolution and director of selection company Charolais Univers, and Antoine Chedru, a fourth-generation cattle breeder, discuss how genomic selection has increased gains in beef cattle through improved breeding plans, the ability to select for specific genes, and a quicker, better understanding of a bull’s genetic value.

How Genomic Testing Improves Dairy Cattle Herds
How Genomic Testing Improves Dairy Cattle Herds

General manager of the Canadian Dairy Network Brian Van Doormaal discusses how genomic testing can better define the value of milking cows and improve dairy herds. Brian Anderson, a fifth-generation dairy farmer, shares his own experience with genotyping cows, including doubled production, longer-lasting cows, and the significant benefits genotyping can offer in the future.

Featured Animal and Plant Genomics Research

Agrigenomics Research Review
Innovations in Agrigenomics Advance Sustainable Solutions

Learn how genome-wide technologies are powerful tools for revolutionizing the breeding and management of crops and livestock.

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NGS is Fueling Species Research in Australia
NGS is Fueling Species Research in Australia

High-throughput sequencing is paving the way to support agriculture, aquaculture, biodiversity, and conservation studies at the Deakin Genomics Center.

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Gene Editing Research
Genome Editing

NGS enables researchers to confirm gene knockouts, identify CRISPR genome editing off-target effects, and assess the functional impact of edits.

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Bovine Products

Featured Bovine Products

TruSeq Bovine Parentage Sequencing Panel

This high-value solution for parentage testing of multiple beef and dairy cattle breeds includes genotyping of relevant traits in a single assay.

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BovineSNP50 BeadChip

This microarray provides high-density, multisample bovine genotyping for genome characterization of major dairy and beef cattle breed types.

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Maize Products

Featured Maize Products

TruSeq Genotype Ne Kit

A low-cost, targeted solution for genotyping by sequencing of any nonhuman animal or plant species.

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MaizeLD BeadChip

A comprehensive genotyping solution for essentially derived varieties (EDV) testing in maize, providing the high discrimination necessary to assess EDV status.

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Porcine Products

Featured Porcine Products

TruSeq Genotype Ne Kit

A low-cost, targeted solution for genotyping by sequencing of any nonhuman animal or plant species.

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GGP Porcine Arrays

Both high- and low-density genotyping arrays are available, featuring Illumina array technology and porcine base content with GeneSeek custom content for all major porcine breeds.

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Species-Specific Microarrays

Use our interactive Gene Panel & Array Finder to identify the right microarray for your species of interest.

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Species-Specific Microarrays

See How the NovaSeq 6000 Empowers Genomics Across the Globe

From Texas to Japan and Australia, “This is the most exciting time to be in Genomics,” says Charlie Johnson from Texas A&M University. He, along with Chris Austin and Larry Croft from Deakin University in Australia and Ryo Koyanagi from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan, discuss how the NovaSeq System’s high throughput and cost effectiveness are making large-scale plant and animal sequencing projects possible across the globe.

The NovaSeq 6000 is Empowering Genomics Across the Globe

More Plant and Animal Genomics Products

All Agrigenomics Products

View all Illumina products for agrigenomics. Filter by species, technology, study type, or instrument to find the right tool for your research.

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Agrigenomics Consortia Products

Browse agrigenomics consortia to find a consortium-developed product for your species of interest or join an existing consortium of like-minded researchers.

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GeneSeek Genomic Profiler Arrays

Illumina offers GeneSeek Genomic Profiler (GGP) genotyping arrays for nonhuman organisms. Arrays are available for bovine, porcine, equine, and mouse species.

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Additional Resources

Sequencing Enables Selective Breeding of Goat Herd
Sequencing Enables Selective Breeding of Goat Herd

Researchers in New Zealand use genotyping by sequencing to overcome cost and resource hurdles associated with genomic selection.

Selective Advances in Cattle Breeding
Selective Advances in Cattle Breeding

José Fernando Garcia discusses how genomic selection can improve beef production while reducing the environmental impact.

Genomic Selection and Animal Breeding
Genomic Selection and Animal Breeding

Next-generation sequencing and genotyping technologies are revolutionizing animal breeding.

Perspectives in Crop Genotyping
Perspectives in Crop Genotyping

Read about progress, challenges, and trends in the development of cost-effective genotyping platforms for crop breeding.

Modern Breeding Programs for the Sunflower
Modern Breeding Programs for the Sunflower

The sunflower industry adopts genomics tools to better inform breeding decisions and improve disease resistance.

Nellore Genotyping Grows Brazilian Beef Industry
Nellore Genotyping Grows Brazilian Beef Industry

Breeders and researchers use genotyping to enhance the Nellore breed and allow the Brazilian beef industry to flourish.

The Future of Beef Cattle Breeding
The Future of Beef Cattle Breeding

Sandhill Farms incorporates genomic technologies into the trait selection process to provide more predictable seed stock.

Library Prep and Array Kit Selector
Library Prep and Array Kit Selector

Determine the best kit for your needs based on your starting material and method or application.