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Draft genome sequence of an invasive plant Lantana camara L.



Adwait G. Joshi1, P. Praveen1, Uma Ramakrishnan1 & Ramanathan Sowdhamini1,2,3*



1National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), GKVK campus, Bangalore 560065, India; 2Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 560012, Karnataka, India; 3Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Biotech Park, GN Ramachandran Road, Electronics City Phase 1, Bengaluru 560100, Karnataka, India.



R Sowdhamini - mini@ncbs.res.in; *Corresponding author


Article Type

Research Article



Received September 1, 2022; Revised September 30, 2022; Accepted September 30, 2022, Published September 30, 2022



Lantana camara L. is an invasive species of global concern. An ornamental plant originating from central America, it has now spread across natural and human-dominated habitats across tropical and subtropical regions globally. Understanding the population and evolutionary genetics of this species could help gain deeper insights into invasion biology, and provide tools for more effective management. Such investigation would require a relatively good quality genome assembly. While there have been reports of a transcriptome, it has been challenging to construct the genome assembly because of the large genome size. We present here the first draft genome assembly of Lantana camara L. which has an N50 value of 62 Kb, genome completeness of 99.3% and genome coverage of 74.3%. We hope that such an assembly will help researchers study colonization history, the genetic basis of adaptation and invasiveness, and help design strategies to contain the invasiveness of this plant, allowing biodiversity recovery in several parts of the globe.



Draft genome sequence, invasive plant, Lantana camara L.



     Joshi et al. Bioinformation 18(9): 739-741 (2022)


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P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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