SpinachBase is a genomic database for spinach.

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L., 2n=2x=12) is an economically important green leafy vegetable and belongs to the Amaranthaceae family in the order Caryophyllales. Spinach is native to central Asia in Iran (Persia) and introduced to China around 600 A.D., then spread to northern Europe around 1100 A.D. by Spain. Today more than 60 countries are cultivating spinach with China being the leading country in spinach production, accounting for more than 90% of the annual worldwide gross production. Spinach is commonly used as a salad, a cooked vegetable or as an ingredient in fresh or cooked meat and vegetable dishes. It is increasing in popularity because of its enrichment in many essential nutrients, including carotenoids, folate, vitamin C, calcium and iron. Despite its economic significance, the genome resource of spinach currently is very limited. Early in 2013, two groups of scientists from Shanghai Normal University and Boyce Thompson Institute started to collected valuable spinach resources worldwide and aimed to create genome and transcriptome resources for spinach research and improvement.

Related publications:

Xu C, Jiao C, Sun H, Cai X, Wang X, Ge C, Zheng Y, Liu W, Sun X, Xu Y, Deng J, Zhang Z, Huang S, Dai S, Mou B, Wang Q, Fei Z, Wang Q (2017) Draft genome of spinach and transcriptome diversity of 120 Spinacia accessions. Nature Communications 8:15275

Xu C, Jiao C, Zheng Y, Sun H, Liu W, Cai X, Wang X, Liu S, Xu Y, Mou B, Dai S, Fei Z, Wang Q (2015) De novo and comparative transcriptome analysis of cultivated and wild spinach. Sci Rep 5:17706

Spinach genome and transcriptome diversity paper published [May, 2017]
The spinach genome sequence is made public [Feb. 2017]
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