Sequencing of citrus genomes underscores need for more genetic diversity

June 10, 2014 4:52 PM

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According to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, following an effort by an international team of researchers to sequence the genomes of domesticated citrus, the fruits were found to be lacking an adequate genetic diversity, which could threaten the crop’s survival forecast.

The complete research findings appear in the June issue of Nature Biotechnology, in which the team of researchers from the United States, France, Italy, Spain and Brazil analyzed and compared the genome sequences of 10 different citrus varieties, including sweet and sour orange and several key manda...

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