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Plant Research

Edinburgh Genetics is at the forefront of plant genetics research, offering comprehensive Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) services tailored to meet the evolving needs of botanists, agricultural scientists, and geneticists. Our advanced NGS capabilities enable in-depth exploration of plant genomes, transcriptomes, and epigenomes, providing vital insights into genetic diversity, disease resistance, and trait improvement. With a focus on innovation and precision, our services support the development of sustainable agricultural practices and the enhancement of crop performance.

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)

Our Whole Genome Sequencing service offers a complete overview of a plant's genetic information, enabling the identification of genetic variations that contribute to phenotypic traits such as yield, drought tolerance, and disease resistance. WGS is instrumental in de novo genome assembly for non-model plant species, allowing researchers to explore genetic diversity and evolutionary relationships within and across species. This comprehensive genomic insight lays the foundation for targeted breeding strategies and genetic conservation efforts.


Targeted Sequencing

Targeted Sequencing provides focused insights into specific regions of interest within the plant genome. Ideal for trait mapping and marker-assisted selection, this service allows researchers to precisely investigate genetic markers linked to desirable agricultural traits. By focusing on genes of interest, targeted sequencing facilitates the efficient development of crop varieties with enhanced qualities, such as improved nutritional content, pest resistance, and environmental adaptability.


RNA Sequencing (RNA-Seq)

RNA Sequencing reveals the dynamic transcriptomic landscape of plants under various conditions, offering insights into gene expression patterns, regulatory mechanisms, and stress responses. Our RNA-Seq service is critical for understanding how plants adapt to environmental challenges and for identifying genes involved in important physiological processes. This information is crucial for modifying gene expression in crops to enhance yield, resilience, and adaptability to changing climates.


Small RNA Sequencing (sRNA-Seq)

Small RNA Sequencing focuses on the role of small non-coding RNAs in gene regulation, stress response, and developmental processes. sRNA-Seq is particularly valuable for uncovering the mechanisms by which plants regulate gene expression in response to pathogens, environmental stress, and developmental cues. This detailed analysis supports the development of crops with improved defence mechanisms and optimised growth traits.


Methylation Sequencing

Methylation Sequencing examines the epigenetic modifications that affect gene expression without altering the DNA sequence. Understanding plant methylation patterns is essential for studying epigenetic regulation and its impact on growth, development, and adaptation. Our service provides insights into how environmental factors influence gene expression through epigenetic changes, offering pathways to enhance crop resilience and productivity through epigenetic breeding.

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Working collaboratively with our customers, our genomic experts customise NGS panels, laboratory workflows and analysis pipelines to meet individual demand and needs.


Get in touch with us for an initial consultation to discuss your project and what we can offer.

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