BGI is also engaging in extensive plant and animal research covering a variety of fields including agriculture, species conservation and improvement, and ecological management and restoration. BGI has led and participated in numerous international collaborative research projects including 1000 Plant Genomes Project (1KP), the Genome 10K (G10K) Consortium, International Giant Panda Genome Project, Cucumber Genome project, Orchid Genome Project, Silkworm Genome Resequencing, Soybean genome Resequencing 1,000 Plants (1KP) Project, "Three Poles" Animal Genomes Project, and more.
In Australia, BGI is proud to be involved in a five-year $13.3 million tree DNA horticulture project, which will make it easier to develop fruit trees and nut trees that are resistant to drought and disease. Delivered through Hort Innovation under the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative, the project will develop a breeders genomic tool kit for tree breeders and researchers to better understand how genes control traits that are valuable to Australian growers - such as tree size, yield, disease resistance, and tree maturity. The project aims to build a complete DNA map that will visualise the genetic make-up and variability of the nation’s five (5) leading tree crops including avocados, mango, macadamia, almond and citrus fruit varieties, which represents 80% of the total volume of horticultural tree crop production in Australia. The research will be conducted by the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). BGI is the industry partner of the Project.
BGI Genomics, an independent subsidiary of BGI Group, also offers a wide range of agricultural genomics (agrigenomics) solutions, which are helping to drive both increased food supply and sustainable production. Our agrigenomics technologies are helping plant and animal breeders and researchers identify desirable traits, leading to healthier and more productive crops and livestock.