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Genetics of the Tree of Life – Understanding the African Baobab Tree

SciTechDaily (SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 )

Titre : Genetics of the Tree of Life – Understanding the African Baobab Tree

USDA Forest Service scientists advance genetic understanding of African baobab t

SciTechDaily (SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 )

Présentation
The African baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is called the tree of life. Baobab trees can live for more than a thousand years and provide food, livestock fodder, medicinal compounds, and raw materials. Baobab trees are incredibly significant. However, there are growing conservation concerns and until now, a lack of genetic information.

The African baobab tree has 168 chromosomes — critical knowledge for further genetic studies, conservation, and improvement for agricultural purposes. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. Previous studies estimated that the tree has between 96 and 166 chromosomes.

The researchers used fluorescent probes to see the genetic components of individual chromosomes within the cells — which glow like jewels.

Source  : USDA FOREST SERVICE ‑ SOUTHERN RESEARCH STATION

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