The Ensembl Genomes Project is pleased to announce release 8 of Ensembl Genomes (

The main highlights of this release are:

  • Software migration to Ensembl 61
  • New Pan Compara database consisting a selection of vertebrate genomes from Ensembl 61 and genomes from Ensembl Genomes 8 (incorporating 8 new species), giving a species total of 313.
  • 3 oomycete genomes added to Ensembl Protists, including Phytopthora infestans and Phytopthora ramorum responsible for potato blight and Sudden Oak Death disease respectively.
  • 5 genomes added to Ensembl Metazoa, including Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Echinodermata) (sea urchin), Apis mellifera (Arthropoda) (honey bee) and Nematostella vectensis (Cnidaria) (sea anemone).

For further details please visit the individual homepages:

The Ensembl Genomes Project is pleased to announce release 7 of Ensembl
Genomes (

The main highlights of this release are:

* Software migration to Ensembl 60

* 66 new genomes added for Ensembl Bacteria and updated functional
genomics databases for Escherichia/Shigella and Staphylococcus

* Puccinia graminis f sp tritic genome added to Ensembl Fungi

* Zea mays and Physcomitrella patens genomes added to Ensembl Plants,
new variation datasets for Oryza sativa and updates to the
functional genomics databases for Oryza sativa indica, Oryza sativa
japonica and Arabidopsis thaliana

* Acyrthosiphon pisum genome added to Ensembl Metazoa

Please see the individual homepages for more detailed information:

The Ensembl Genomes Project is pleased to announce release 6 of Ensembl Genomes.

The highlights of this release are:

  • Software migration to Ensembl 59.
  • Two new rodent malarial genomes: Plasmodium berghei and Plasmodium chabaudi and an update to the Plasmodium falciparum gene-set in Ensembl Protists.
  • Variation BioMarts added for Plasmodium falciparum, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Ensembl Fungi), Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa indica, Oryza sativa japonica, Vitis vinifera (Ensembl Plants), Anopheles gambiae and Drosophila melanogaster (Ensembl Metazoa).

See the individual homepages for Bacteria, Protists, Fungi, Plants and Metazoa for more information.

The Ensembl Genomes Project is pleased to announce release 5 of Ensembl Genomes.

The main highlights of this release are:

  • Software migration to Ensembl 58
  • Total of 6 new bacterial genomes for Escherichia/Shigella and Staphylococcus collections for Ensembl Bacteria; pairwise alignments added for all collections.

  • 2 new genomes, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Thalassiosira pseudonana, for Ensembl Protists; pairwise alignments added.

  • Pristionchus pacificus genome from Wormbase and updates to the Drosophilia variation database added to Ensembl Metazoa.

  • Updates to the variation databases for A.thaliana, O.sativa japonica and V.vinifera in Ensembl Plants.

For further details regarding this release please visit:

We are pleased to announce the fourth release of Ensembl Genomes.

Ensembl Genomes is a companion project to Ensembl designed to provide access to genome scale data for non-chordate species of scientific interest.

Features of the new release include the addition of new databases for the bread mould Neurospora crassa to the Ensembl Fungi division, the slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum (built with the assistance of dictyBase) to Ensembl Protists, and the body louse Pediculus humanus (containing data provided by VectorBase) to Ensembl Metazoa.

The release also includes new variation databases for Drosophila melanogaster (using data from the Drosophila Population Genomics Project) and Plasmodium falciparum; the update of existing variation databases for Arabidopsis thaliana and Vitis vinifera in Ensembl Plants; and the addition of three new clades to Ensembl Bacteria.

Ensembl Genomes is available at

We are pleased to announce the third release of EnsemblGenomes, which includes the first release of two new Ensembl-based portals, Ensembl Plants and Ensembl Fungi.

These complete the span of Ensembl Genomes portals across the taxonomic space, complementing the coverage of vertebrate genomes available through Ensembl.

  • Ensembl Plants has been built in collaboration with Gramene and includes the genomes of six monocots and two dicots. Variation databases are available for four of these species.
  • Ensembl Fungi includes a new build of the Sacchromyces cerevisiae genome using the latest data from SGD, including variation data derived from the Saccharomyces Genome Resequencing Project; and Ensembl databases for Schizosaccharomyces pombe (built in collaboration with GeneDB_Spombe) and eight species of Aspergillus (built in collaboration with the Central Aspergillus Database Repository, CADRE).
  • User upload databases are now operational for Ensembl Protists, Fungi, Plants and Metazoa, allowing users to visualise their own data in the Ensembl environment.

Ensembl Genomes release 3 has been built using Ensembl 55 software. We aim to synchronise with Ensembl with our next release (Ensembl Genomes 4/Ensembl 57), and to stay synchronised thereafter.

In addition to Release 2 of Ensembl Genomes early this month, EBI-EMBL would also like to announce the new arrival of Ensembl Fungi (beta).

Release includes:

  • 2 yeast genomes: Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe.
  • 7 Aspergillus genomes A.clavatus, A.flavus, A.fumigatus, A.niger, A.oryzae, A.terreus and Neosartorya fischeri.

If you have any comments or feedback please do not hesitate to contact us at

EMBL-EBI is pleased to announce release 2 of Ensembl Genomes; extending Ensembl further across the taxonomic space!

Highlights for this release include:

  • 9 new genomes of Escherichia species; 4 new Bacillus and Streptococcus genomes; and additional genomes of Mycobacterium and Staphylococcus genera added to Ensembl Bacteria; taking the total bacteria species/strain count to 134.
  • Bacillus subtilis now represented using the re-annotation by Barbe et al. (Microbiology 155 2009, 1758-1775).
  • Updated build of Drosophila melanogaster and the inclusion of 11 additional drosophilid species, based on Flybase release FB2008_10
  • Updated build of Caenorhbditis elegans, and the inclusion of 4 additional Caenorhabditis species, based on WormBase release WS200
  • Comparative genomic analyses (bacteria, protist, metazoan and pan-taxonomic Compara databases) updated.
  • Ensembl 54 software

Keep an eye out for Release 3 in September, which will include plants and fungi…