Comparative genomics of Armeniaca (apricot) species


Sustainable fruit production relies on the introduction of genetic resistance to diseases and pests from wild populations into the cultivated germplasm.

For identifying genes linked to agronomically important traits, we collected wild apricot populations of Apricot related species, they present a high level of genotypic and phenotypic diversity.

De novo genome assemblies were performed for the most important Armeniaca Fruit species (P.armeniaca, P. sibirica, P. mandshurica), in order to facilitate the introgression of valuable genes into the cultivated germplasm.

In the current project, we propose to compare their genome architecture and identify possible structural re-arrangements during Armeniaca evolutionary history.


  • Project coordinator

Véronique DECROOCQ

INRA UMR BFP 1332, Virologie

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  • Other Project Partner(s)


Université de Bordeaux CBIB

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  • Realated publications

Groppi Alexis, Shuo Liu, Amandine Cornille, Stéphane Decroocq, Quynh Trang Bui, David Tricon, Corinne Cruaud, Sandrine Arribat, Caroline Belser, William Marande, Jérôme Salse, Cécile Huneau, Nathalie Rodde, Wassim Rhalloussi, Stéphane Cauet, Benjamin Istace, Erwan Denis, Sébastien Carrère, Jean-marc Audergon, Guillaume Roch, Patrick Lambert, Tetyana Zhebentyayeva, Wei-sheng Liu, Olivier Bouchez, Céline Lopez-roques, Rémy-félix Serre, Robert Debuchy, Joseph Tran, Patrick Wincker, Xilong Chen, Pierre Pétriacq, Aurélien Barre, Macha Nikolski, Jean-marc Aury, Albert Glenn Abbott, Tatiana Giraud, and Véronique Decroocq. 2021. Population genomics of apricots unravels domestication history and adaptive events. Nature Communications 1–16. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24283-6.


  • Funding sources

- France Génomique  SWAG project

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- ANR ABRIWG project



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  • Start year of the project :2019
  • Duration: 2 years