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Genetic Sequence of a Tree Deciphered

September 16, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Researchers have deciphered for the first time the genetic code of a tree, which could lead to new varieties better at producing wood, paper and fuel.

The work, published in the current issue of the journal Science, could vastly increase cultivation of the black cottonwood, a fast-growing poplar already used by the timber and paper industries.

The black cottonwood is the third plant, after rice and a weed called Arabidopsis thaliana, to have its genome sequence published.

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