Challenges in Plant Genomics

Although, genome sequencing technologies and methods have been significantly advanced in the past decade, plant genome sequencing still remains highly challenging. The challenge of sequencing many plant species has been attributed to the high copy number and the amplification of transposable elements within the genomes. Executing large-scale population and phylogenetic studies with short read data is a current challenge requires sophisticated use existing tools and redevelopment of many others.

Colorado State University has a significant number of plant biologist who research fundamental problems in numerous plant species, including Arabidopsis and specific rice variants.