Draft genome sequence of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Hevea brasiliensis, a member of the Euphorbiaceae family, is the major commercial source of natural rubber (NR). NR is a latex polymer with high elasticity, flexibility, and resilience that has played a critical role in the world economy since 1876. RESULTS: Here, we report the draft genome sequence of H. brasiliensis. The assembly spans ~1.1 Gb of the estimated 2.15 Gb haploid genome. Overall, ~78% of the genome was identified as repetitive DNA. Gene prediction shows 68,955 gene models, of which 12.7% are unique to Hevea. Most of the key genes associated with rubber biosynthesis, rubberwood formation, disease resistance, and allergenicity have been identified. CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge gained from this genome sequence will aid in the future development of high-yielding clones to keep up with the ever increasing need for natural rubber.

published proceedings

  • BMC Genomics

altmetric score

  • 25.924

author list (cited authors)

  • Rahman, A., Usharraj, A. O., Misra, B. B., Thottathil, G. P., Jayasekaran, K., Feng, Y., ... Alam, M.

citation count

  • 202

complete list of authors

  • Rahman, Ahmad Yamin Abdul||Usharraj, Abhilash O||Misra, Biswapriya B||Thottathil, Gincy P||Jayasekaran, Kandakumar||Feng, Yun||Hou, Shaobin||Ong, Su Yean||Ng, Fui Ling||Lee, Ling Sze||Tan, Hock Siew||Sakaff, Muhd Khairul Luqman Muhd||Teh, Beng Soon||Khoo, Bee Feong||Badai, Siti Suriawati||Aziz, Nurohaida Ab||Yuryev, Anton||Knudsen, Bjarne||Dionne-Laporte, Alexandre||Mchunu, Nokuthula P||Yu, Qingyi||Langston, Brennick J||Freitas, Tracey Allen K||Young, Aaron G||Chen, Rui||Wang, Lei||Najimudin, Nazalan||Saito, Jennifer A||Alam, Maqsudul

publication date

  • January 2013