Rhododendron lapponicum L. is a familiar ornamental plant worldwide with important ornamental and economic value. However, a full-length R. lapponicum transcriptome is still lacking.
In a new study, researchers used the Pacific Biosciences single-molecule real-time sequencing technology to generate the R. lapponicum transcriptome. A total of 346,270 full-length non-chimeric reads were generated, from which they obtained 75,002 high-quality full-length transcripts. They identified 55,255 complete open reading frames, 7,140 alternative splicing events and 2,011 long non-coding RNAs.
In gene annotation analyses, 71,155, 33,653, 30,359 and 31,749 transcripts were assigned to the Nr, GO, COG and KEGG databases, respectively. Additionally, 3,150 transcription factors were detected. KEGG pathway analysis showed that 96 transcripts were identified coding for the enzymes associated with anthocyanin synthesis. Furthermore, they identified 64,327 simple sequence repeats from 45,319 sequences, and 150 pairs of primers were randomly selected to develop SSR markers.
This study provides a large number of full-length transcripts, which will facilitate the further study of the genetics of R. lapponicum.