Florida-led research group sequences citrus genome

01/18/2011 02:00:00 AM

A group led by University of Florida researchers for the first time has sequenced the genomes of two citrus varieties, which may help unravel the mystery behind citrus greening.

The varieties involved are the sweet orange and Clementine mandarin, according to a news release.

“The publication of the sweet orange and tangerine genomes will accelerate the discovery of innovative solutions to a myriad of pest and disease problems that threaten citrus production,” Dan Gunter, chief operating officer of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation Inc., said in the release.

Knowing the genetic structure of citrus also could help speed breeding and allow breeders to target specific traits using marker-assisted breeding, according to the International Citrus Genome Consortium website.

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