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The legume family tree: massive molecular study uncovers clues to the evolution and diversification of essential plant family

By | Agriculture, Botany, News, Plant Science

The most comprehensive study of the family tree for legumes, the plant family that includes beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop plants, reveals a history of whole-genome duplications. The study also helps to uncover the evolution of genes involved in nitrogen fixation—a key trait likely important in the evolutionary spread and diversification of legumes and vital for their use as “green manure” in agriculture.

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Unlocking herbaria biodiversity using a QR code sampling-to-sequencing workflow

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

Within the past decade, next-generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized the way in which genetic data are generated and analyzed. In the field of phylogenetics, this has meant that researchers are rapidly reconstructing the tree of life, a goal that biologists have been working toward since Darwin sketched the first phylogeny in his notebook in 1837.

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Researchers show new holistic approach to genetics and plant breeding

By | News, Plant Science

A group of researchers has discovered a new approach to cereal plant breeding that takes into account the internal “calculator” of plant seeds that makes them continuously reorganise themselves (global coherence). The approach includes unforeseen and unintended changes in the plant when genetically manipulated by the plant breeders. The researchers expect that the method can be used to improve the world’s crops much more efficiently.

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