Darwin Tree of Life

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The Darwin Tree of Life project (DToL) aims to exploit long read technologies to sequence the genomes of all 60,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland. It is a collaboration between biodiversity, genomics and analysis partners that hopes to transform the way we do biology, conservation and biotechnology.

Darwin Tree of Life is a consortium of partners who will build and prove an end-to-end pipeline of sample collection, sequencing, genome assembly, annotation and data dissemination that can deliver this visionary project.

The consortium partners are currently calling on the community for input into which species should be prioritised for sequencing. You can offer suggestions here.

Ensembl is a partner in the Darwin Tree of Life project, and we annotate the protein-coding and non-coding RNA gene structures using a re-engineered version of our Gene Annotation System (Aken et al, 2017). After QC, genomes and annotations are made available via our FTP site (see table below) before subsequently being made available in the Ensembl Genome Browser.

Image Species Accession Annotation Proteins Transcripts Softmasked genome Repeat library Other data View in browser
Aquila chrysaetos chrysaetos GCA_900496995.2 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps ensembl.org
Arvicola amphibius GCA_903992535.1 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org
Asterias rubens GCA_902459465.3 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org
Rattus norvegicus (BN/NHsdMcwi) GCA_015227675.2 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org
Salmo trutta GCA_901001165.1 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps ensembl.org
Sciurus carolinensis GCA_902686445.2 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org
Sciurus vulgaris GCA_902686455.1 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps ensembl.org
Sciurus vulgaris GCA_902686455.2 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org
Trachurus trachurus GCA_905171665.1 GTF, GFF3 FASTA FASTA FASTA FTP dumps rapid.ensembl.org