MolecularCloud December Newsletter: Methods and Protocols for Cereal Genomics

The cereal grasses (Poaceae) are a fundamental source of nutrients in the human diet, and major cereal crops, which include wheat, maize, rice, barley, oat, sorghum, and millet, represent primary food sources for populations around the world. In the last years, research efforts in molecular biology have been aimed at increasing not only yield and grain quality in cereal crops but also their adaptability to ever-changing environments.
Nowadays, the emergence of high-throughput sequencing technologies, along with bioinformatic tools to analyze big volumes of data and genome-editing platforms to dissect gene pathways, has modified the mode of working with genetic information and complex traits. In the next years, it is expected that both basic and applied research in cereal genomics will play a crucial role to achieve sustainable global food security.
For that reason, Dr. Luis M. Vaschetto, together with other leading scientists from around the world (including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States), recently published an book named "Cereal Genomics“ in Springer Nature, introducing the methods and protocols in this field. In the book, some of the latest molecular techniques for the analysis and manipulation of grass genomes were compiled. 


Cutting-edge technologies and advancements in cereal genomics are covered in this book as follows: high-throughput DNA extraction protocols, crop genetic resources, meta-quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis, association mapping, next-generation genome sequencing, transposable element-associated variation, transcriptomics analysis, epigenetic variation (i.e., both DNA methylation and histone modifications), identification of imprinted genes, noncoding RNAs (circular RNAs), genome-editing technologies, and posttranslational protein phosphorylation. Each chapter has carefully been selected so that the reader can explore the hottest topics and apply current protocols in cereal genomics.

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The book is really handy and helpful. It has the step-by-step protocols approach that has become the standard in all biomedical protocol publishing. Each protocol is provided in readily-reproducible step-by step fashion, opening with an introductory overview, a list of the materials and reagents needed to complete the experiment, and followed by a detailed procedure that is supported with a helpful notes section offering tips and tricks of the trade as well as troubleshooting advice. A very helpful guide. Thank you for introducing.


It is just an encyclopedia that help me to take a fundamental hold of the nessesary knowledge and skills of the field with clean and tidy words. It really deserves reading and it won't take one much time.


The book is great, and obviously because even a school student like me was able to understand the technicalities, the biology and the importance of this field in the agricultural sector. The agricultural sector will be likely to undergo a huge transition in the next decade as available land will be shrinking by huge percentages and environmental issues will put a halt on many of agricultural use commodities. Meeting the food demand and sustainabilising agricultural sector is a huge challenge and cereal genomics is really one of the foundational steps towards achieving these goals. Hats off!!!


A great resource and reference for studying about the rice genetics and breeding techniques and their practical applications in detail. It's very impactful to have such studies in the area of plant and crop genomics. Thanks Molecular Cloud for providing a excellent platform to this highly deserved content so it can easily reach to the wider audience and readers.


I have read some protocols from this book and they were very well written. There has been good amount of books and materials available for the cereal genomics but the difference I found after reading this book is that it provides the concise but detailed information for each of your requirement.


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