Friday, September 27, 2019

Newly analysed almond and peach genome sequences reveal the differences of these closely related species of fruits and trees

News from CRG

An international team led by researchers of the CRAG in conjunction with Tyler Alioto of the Centre Nacional d’Anàlisi Genòmica (CNAG-CRG), part of the Centre for Genomic Regulation, has sequenced the genome of the almond tree and compared it to that of its closest relative, the peach tree.

The most substantive differences between these species, so closely related in terms of evolution, are accounted for by the variation created by mobile genetic elements.

The results provide some unique insights into the recent evolution of both species and will be key tools in their genetic improvement, including the eradication of bitter almonds, fruit quality and adaptation to climate change.


Alioto T., et al. Transposons played a major role in the diversification between the closely related almond and peach genomes: Results from the almond genome sequence The Plant Journal (2019) DOI: 10.1111/tpj.14538

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