A total of some 5,2 Mbp sequences was obtained in 2008 from two random sheared genomic libraries, corresponding to about 0,003x coverage of the olive genome. A bioinformatic pipeline has been used to analyse the sequences to have a first insight into the olive genome structure.
During 2010 we plan to do the same work of characterization using Illumina technology producing a 2x genome coverage of 2 x 75 pair-end reads (about 3Gbp). The obtained reads will be de novo assembled using available software (i.e. Velvet or CLCBio) and characterised using our bioinformatic pipeline for the repetitive sequences content.
This work would serve to define strategies for a possible O. europea genome sequencing project.