Spinacia oleracea

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a leafy flowering plant in the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae). It is native to Western Asia but is now cultivated around the world. Spinach contains a high amount of iron and calcium, as well as a high amount of carotenoids, vitamin C, and vitamin K which are essential to the human diet. The spinach genome is diploid with an estimated size of 989 Mb.


Genome release:


Xu, C., Jiao, C., Sun, H., Cai, X., Wang, X., Ge, C., Zheng, Y., Liu, W., Sun, X., Xu, Y. and Deng, J., 2017. Draft genome of spinach and transcriptome diversity of 120 Spinacia accessions. Nature communications, 8, p.15275.

Content written by Galyna Vakulenko Summer Intern 2018