Birch tree genome sequence decoded

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In an effort to protect birch tree populations, scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have sequenced the genetic code of a birch tree for the first time.

The genome, which is around 450 million letters, will help researchers understand the genetic basis of traits such as disease resistance and growth shape. There are more than sixty species of birch trees around the world, with huge ecological and commercial importance.