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Retracing citrus’ earliest roots to find clues for healthier future

Retracing citrus’ earliest roots to find clues for healthier future

Published: Jun 9th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — That orange you’re enjoying may have been grown in Florida, but its deepest ancestral roots stretch back more than 5 million years, all the way to two wild citrus species from Southeast Asia.

A first: Real-time genome-scale sequencing at sea

A first: Real-time genome-scale sequencing at sea

Published: Apr 28th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has become the first scientist to achieve genome-scale sequencing and analysis of fragile marine creatures at sea aboard a ship and in real time.

UF/IFAS researchers help to sequence genome for loblolly pine – major source of lumber, paper

Published: Mar 20th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To look at the humble loblolly pine – grown in neat rows on large farms throughout the southeastern U.S. and milled for things like building lumber and paper – you would never think that its genetic code is seven times larger than a human’s.

New plant genome study may offer clues to improving all major food crops

Published: Dec 19th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers and their colleagues have sequenced the genome of the flowering plant Amborella for the first time, potentially revealing why flowers may have proliferated millions of years ago and offering clues for improving all major food crop species.