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Advancing the application of genomic sequences through “Kmasker plants”

Applications and methods of the bioinformatics tool “Kmasker plants” for the analysis of sequence data. (Illustration:

Press release of IPK, IPB and Halle University

The development of next-generation-sequencing (NGS) has enabled researchers to investigate genomes that might previously have been considered too complex or too expensive. Nevertheless, the analysis of complex plant genomes, which often have an enormous amount of repetitive sequences, is still a challenge. Therefore, bioinformatics researchers from Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) have now published “Kmasker plants”, a program that allows the identification of repetitive sequences and thus facilitates the analysis of plant genomes.

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