What's in my pollen?

In our recent paper, a direct shotgun sequencing based approach (genome skimming) enabled quantitative measurement of pollen composition. In a series of mock samples, we demonstrated that the genome skimming method was both sensitive and accurate in revealing the diversity of pollen species, including species richness and relative abundance. The new method is expected to be helpful in understanding quantative composition of pollen, a key ecological token that connects flowering plants and pollinators alike. Lang, Dandan, Min Tang, Jiahui Hu, and Xin Zhou. 2019. Genome‐skimming provides accurate quantification for pollen mixtures. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13061. http

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The Zhou lab, China Agricultural University