Study : De novo assembly of middle-sized genome of symbiotc algae Chlorella variabilis using MinION and Illumina sequencers
De novo assembly of middle-sized genome of symbiotc algae Chlorella variabilis using MinION and Illumina sequencers
The plastid acquisition by secondary endosymbiosis is a driving force for the algal evolution, and the comparative genomics was required to examine the genomic change of symbiont. Therefore, we established a pipeline of a de novo assembly of middle-sized genomes at a low cost and with high quality using MinION and Illumina reads. Therefore, we sequenced symbiotic algae Chlorella variabilis using MinION as the long-read sequencer and Illumina HiSeq 4000 as the short-read sequencer and then assembled the genomes under various conditions. We found that long-read only assembly could not be suitable for the comparative genomics studies, but with short reads, we could obtain the acceptable assembly. On the basis of this result, we established the pipeline of de novo assembly for middle-sized algal genome using MinION.