The era of reference genomes in conservation genomics

Giulio Formenti, Kathrin Theissinger, Carlos Fernandes, Iliana Bista, Aureliano Bombarely, Christoph Bleidorn, Claudio Ciofi, Angelica Crottini, José A. Godoy, Jacob Hoglund, Joanna Malukiewicz, Alice Mouton, Rebekah A. Oomen, Sadye Paez, Per J. Palsbøll, Christophe Pampoulie, María J. Ruiz-López, Hannes Svardal, Constantina Theofanopoulou, Jan de VriesAnn Marie Waldvogel, Guojie Zhang, Camila J. Mazzoni, Erich Jarvis, Miklós Bálint*, European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) Consortium

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3
Early online date8 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
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
  • ERGA
  • European Reference Genome Atlas


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