Tal’s paper was published in Scientific Reports!


We evaluated the benefit of using a haploid sample in a denovo genome sequencing project. We saw that the scaffolds assembled from a haploid samples were three times longer than those from a diploid sample! We also evaluated the benefit of using the RNA from the same haploid individual for transcriptome sequencing and alignment to the genome for gene annotation, but this did not provide a substential advantage relative to RNA from other samples.

This study can inform future genome projects in Hymenoptera, such as the GAGA project or in bees, wasps, or other haplodiploid species.