Strawberry Plant Genome Sequenced

strawberry plant genome sequencedStrawberry plants have now joined an elite group of plants that include grapes, rice, and soy.  What do these plants have in common?  They have all had their genome completely mapped. The strawberry species that has been sequenced is Fragaria vesca, the woodland strawberry (also known as the Alpine Strawberry, one of the “wild” strawberry varieties).  The strawberry plant genome is what determines the life cycle of the strawberry plant, how many strawberries it will produce, and everything else about it.  It is the life code that is passed from generation to generation of strawberries through either the strawberry runners or the strawberry seeds.

With the Strawberry Plant Genome Sequenced…

With the strawberry plant genome sequenced in a collaborative effort involving 75 researchers from 38 research institutes, new research is expected to yield breakthroughs in multiple areas.  Through more detailed study of strawberry genetics, it is hoped that the metabolic pathways of ripening will now be better understood.  Also, enzymatic activity in the production of aromatic compounds in strawberries and other related species will be better understood.

The Strawberry Genome Research…

For the complete scientific work, see the original research by clicking the following link.  It was published in the December 26th, 2010, online edition of the Nature Genetics scientific journal.

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