Sagebrush Genome Project
What we do
Our goal is to advance fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms controlling genome to phenome pathways to better understand how species adapt to external stressors and a changing environment. It will help translate this knowledge into evidenced-based resource management policies and practices for more adaptive and resilient species and landscapes. Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata; Asteraceae) is a keystone species of many western North American habitats. It once covered 1,000,000 km2 in western North America but has lost approximately half of its distribution and thus has become the target of one of the largest restoration seeding efforts globally. The reference genome presented here will be used for studies that aim to understand a variety of processes, such as how big sagebrush has adapted to abiotic stress and inform conservation efforts.