Progress in genome sequencing now enables the large-scale generation of reference genomes. Various international initiatives aim to generate reference genomes representing global biodiversity. These genomes provide unique insights into genomic diversity and architecture, thereby enabling comprehensive analyses of population and functional genomics, and are expected to revolutionize conservation genomics.
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We thank Fabien Condamine, Love Dal?n, Richard Durbin, Bruno Fosso, Roderic Guig?, Marc Hanikenne, Alberto Pallavicini, Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Xavier Turon, and Detlef Weigel for their contributions to the manuscript, as well as the whole ERGA community for their ongoing support. We refer to the supplemental information online for acknowledgements for individual authors. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
- biodiversity conservation
- conservation genetics
- European Reference Genome Atlas