De novo transcriptome assembly of the wild relative of tea tree (Camellia taliensis) and comparative analysis with tea transcriptome identified putative genes associated with tea quality and stress response
Gao,LZ (reprint author),Chinese Acad Sci,Germplasm Bank Wild Species Southwest China,Kunming Inst Bot,Plant Germplasm & Genom Ctr,Kunming 650204,Peoples R China.
Background: Camellia taliensis is one of the most important wild relatives of cultivated tea tree, C. sinensis. The species extensively occupies mountainous habitats representing a wide-range abiotic tolerance and biotic resistance and thus harbors valuable gene resources that may greatly benefit genetic improvement of cultivated tea tree. However, owning to a large genome size of similar to 3 Gb and structurally complex genome, there are fairly limited genetic information and particularly few genomic resources publicly available for this species. To better understand the key pathways determining tea flavor and enhance tea tree breeding programs, we performed a high-throughput transcriptome sequencing for C. taliensis.
Project of Innovation Team of Yunnan Province
; National Science Foundation of China [U0936603]
; Natural Science Foundation of Yunnan Province [2008CC016]
; Top Talent Program of Yunnan Province [20080A009]
; Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS 
; Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
; Chinese Academy of Science [KSCX2-YW-N-029]
; Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS
1.Chinese Acad Sci, Germplasm Bank Wild Species Southwest China, Kunming Inst Bot, Plant Germplasm & Genom Ctr, Kunming 650204, Peoples R China 2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China 3.Yunnan Acad Agr Sci, Tea Res Inst, Menghai 666201, Peoples R China