Nannochloropsis genomes, what have we learnt?


Schematic representation of Nannochloropsis cell by Andrea Telatin

Thanks to the sequencing of the genomes of two strains of  Nannochloropsis gaditana [1][2] and two strains of Nannochloropsis oceanica [3][4] we now have the reference sequences to design molecular biology experiments on this microorganism. Moreover we have learnt a great deal of information, opened up new interrogatives .. and more will come analysing the data available though this portal and through the other web resources: N. gaditana CCMP526 genome and N. oceanica CCMP1779 genome.

Nannochloropsis genome is small, about 28-29 Mega bases, and very compact: there is on average 1 gene each 2.7 kilo bases in N. gaditana B-31, the genes are long on average 1.2 kilo bases and they contain very few introns.

The proteins predicted in the two species are in large part similar, about 80% of the proteins of each species are found in clusters of homologous proteins, ~60% of which accomodate proteins common to the two species. Further studies will help ruling out the limits and the  inaccuracies of the gene predictions allowing to focus on the actual differences between the two species.

The pathways leading to the synthesis of cellulose and sulfated fucans and to the remodelling of cellulose in the cell wall have been identified both in N. gaditana and in N. oceanica, casting a light on the molecular composition of the cell wall and suggesting possible targets of genetic modification.

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Annotation file available

Upon user request we uploaded the GFF version of Nannochloropsis gaditana annotation. This file is in standard GFF3 format, and features refers to the assembled genome (i.e. scaffolds).

You can download the file from the Nannochloropsis genome FTP area.

Paper online

Our paper “Chromosome scale genome assembly and transcriptome profiling of Nannochloropsis gaditana in nitrogen depletion” is online.
You can access it from the Publisher’s website.

Open day

When first published,, has been a private website providing access only upon request. We are glad to offer online the first release of the genome portal! Stay tuned (more features are coming :)

Help us keeping Nannochloropsis web resource up to date and advertise your paper!

Now available an on line form to share your findings with the Nanncohloropsis scientific community!

By completing the on line form you will advertise your paper through our Bibliography page and you will signal to the “” personell how to update the databases integrating your new findings!

We will integrate your data as soon as possibile. And we will be pleased to open a discussion on your new findings in this blog with your help!

MetaCyc database uploaded

In the download area of the website a link for the MetaCyc database is now available.

MetaCyc is a comprehensive tool for metabolic pathways description and analysis. The database is a collection of annotation and sequence files in the proper format for the MetaCyc desktop app to work. Beside this we  set up a web based version of the database, to allow the browsing of metabolic pathways without the need for the complete MetaCyc package to be installed locally.