Parus major Genome sequencing and assembly

  • V.N. Laine (Creator)
  • T.I. Gossmann (Creator)
  • Kyle Schachtschneider (Creator)
  • C.J. Garroway (Creator)
  • Ole Madsen (Creator)
  • K.J.F. Verhoeven (Creator)
  • Victor De Jager (Creator)
  • Hendrik-Jan Megens (Creator)
  • W.C. Warren (Creator)
  • Patrick Minx (Creator)
  • Richard Crooijmans (Creator)
  • Pádraic Corcoran (Creator)
  • Frank Adriaensen (Creator)
  • Eduardo Belda (Creator)
  • Andrey Bushuev (Creator)
  • Mariusz Cichon (Creator)
  • Anne Charmantier (Creator)
  • Niels Dingemanse (Creator)
  • Blandine Doligez (Creator)
  • Tapio Eeva (Creator)
  • Kjell Einar Erikstad (Creator)
  • Slava Fedorov (Creator)
  • Michaela Hau (Creator)
  • Sabine Hille (Creator)
  • Camilla Hinde (Creator)
  • Bart Kempenaers (Creator)
  • Anvar Kerimov (Creator)
  • Milos Krist (Creator)
  • Raivo Mand (Creator)
  • Erik Matthysen (Creator)
  • Reudi Nager (Creator)
  • Claudia Norte (Creator)
  • Markku Orell (Creator)
  • Heinz Richner (Creator)
  • Tore Slagsvold (Creator)
  • Vallo Tilgar (Creator)
  • Joost Tinbergen (Creator)
  • Janos Torok (Creator)
  • Barbara Tschirren (Creator)
  • Tera Yuta (Creator)
  • Ben C. Sheldon (Creator)
  • Jon Slate (Creator)
  • Kai Zeng (Creator)
  • K. van Oers (Creator)
  • Marcel Visser (Creator)
  • Martien Groenen (Creator)



Seasonal timing is a key life-history trait with major fitness consequences. The small songbird Parus major (great tit) for decades has been a model to study fitness traits like e.g. avian timing of reproduction. The research is closely linked to the impact of global climate change on timing and its consequences. Linking quantitative genetic variation in life-history traits with polymorphisms in specific genes is essential for better understanding the causes and consequences of the diversity in these traits. Genetic variation in life-history traits in wild songbirds has been demonstrated in many, often long-term, studies throughout the world. Linking this variation to genomic information requires the development of the necessary genomics tools specifically aimed at these non-model species. The assembly and annotation of the genome of the great tit will greatly enhance the further use of the great tit as a model species in this research field.
Date made available17 Jun 2013
PublisherWageningen University

Research Output

Exploring the unmapped DNA and RNA reads in a songbird genome

Laine, V. N., Gossmann, T. I., van Oers, K., Visser, M. E. & Groenen, M. A. M., 8 Jan 2019, In : BMC Genomics. 20, 1, 19.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Evolutionary signals of selection on cognition from the great tit genome and methylome

    Laine, V. N., Gossmann, T. I., Schachtschneider, K. M., Garroway, C. J., Madsen, O., Verhoeven, K. J. F., De Jager, V., Megens, H. J., Warren, W. C., Minx, P., Crooijmans, R. P. M. A., Corcoran, P., Adriaensen, F., Belda, E., Bushuev, A., Cichon, M., Charmantier, A., Dingemanse, N., Doligez, B., Eeva, T. & 26 others, Erikstad, K. E., Fedorov, S., Hau, M., Hille, S., Hinde, C., Kempenaers, B., Kerimov, A., Krist, M., Mand, R., Matthysen, E., Nager, R., Norte, C., Orell, M., Richner, H., Slagsvold, T., Tilgar, V., Tinbergen, J., Torok, J., Tschirren, B., Yuta, T., Sheldon, B. C., Slate, J., Zeng, K., van Oers, K., Visser, M. E. & Groenen, M. A. M., 2016, In : Nature Communications. 7, 10474.

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    Gene and transposable element methylation in great tit (Parus major) brain and blood

    Derks, M. F. L., Schachtschneider, K. M., Madsen, O., Schijlen, E. G. W. M., Verhoeven, K. J. F. & van Oers, K., 2016, In : BMC Genomics. 17, 332.

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    Laine, V. N. (Creator), Gossmann, T. I. (Creator), Schachtschneider, K. (Creator), Garroway, C. J. (Creator), Madsen, O. (Creator), Verhoeven, K. J. F. (Creator), De Jager, V. (Creator), Megens, H. (Creator), Warren, W. C. (Creator), Minx, P. (Creator), Crooijmans, R. (Creator), Corcoran, P. (Creator), Adriaensen, F. (Creator), Belda, E. (Creator), Bushuev, A. (Creator), Cichon, M. (Creator), Charmantier, A. (Creator), Dingemanse, N. (Creator), Doligez, B. (Creator), Eeva, T. (Creator), Erikstad, K. E. (Creator), Fedorov, S. (Creator), Hau, M. (Creator), Hille, S. (Creator), Hinde, C. (Creator), Kempenaers, B. (Creator), Kerimov, A. (Creator), Krist, M. (Creator), Mand, R. (Creator), Matthysen, E. (Creator), Nager, R. (Creator), Norte, C. (Creator), Orell, M. (Creator), Richner, H. (Creator), Slagsvold, T. (Creator), Tilgar, V. (Creator), Tinbergen, J. (Creator), Torok, J. (Creator), Tschirren, B. (Creator), Yuta, T. (Creator), Sheldon, B. C. (Creator), Slate, J. (Creator), Zeng, K. (Creator), van Oers, K. (Creator), Visser, M. (Creator), Groenen, M. (Creator) (17 Jun 2013). Parus major Genome sequencing and assembly. Wageningen University.