Who knew the eucalyptus tree was so impressive?
The eucalyptus tree serves a wide range of functions:
- Eucalyptus fibers are used for paper and other products.
- Its hardwood is used in construction and furniture.
- The tree captures excess atmospheric carbon.
- Eucalyptus oil is used in a number of over-the-counter health products such as medicated rubs and inhalers.
- Good nectar source for honey bees
The Eucalyptus Genome Network (EUCAGEN) submitted a proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) to sequence the genome of Eucalyptus grandis.
The JGI announced on 8 June 2007 that the proposal from EUCAGEN was approved and that the E. grandis genome will be sequenced in the next two years.
The eucalyptus tree genome will be the second tree genome to be sequenced, led by
The Eucalyptus Genome Network (EUCAGEN).
Consortium coordinator Zander Myburg of the University of Pretoria, South Africa:
Sequencing the Eucalyptus genome will help us overcome many of the major obstacles toward achieving a sustainable energy future.
Embedded in this information is the molecular circuit map for superior growth and adaptation in woody plants that can be optimized for biomass production.
Its unique evolutionary history, keystone ecological status, and adaptation to marginal environments make Eucalyptus the focus of choice for expanding our knowledge of the evolution and adaptive biology of all perennial plants.
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