RP1 ESR Kim Ferguson prepping her samples for flow cytometry in the Lab of Genetics at Wageningen University

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Determining genome size: one step closer to sequencing whole genomes of important biocontrol species

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March 7, 2016

ESR Update - One of the first steps for any sequencing project for a non-model organism is to determine its genome size – about how many base pairs does your organism have? This directly impacts costs of sequencing as well as an accurate estimation of coverage. There are three species within RP1 and only one them has a known genome size: Trichogramma brassicae, with an estimated genome size of 246 Mb. So, the next step in my project is to perform flow cytometry on the remaining species.