Catching up on Conifers…a review by Mackay et. al.

Pinus taeda plantation USDA natural Resource Conservation Service

Pinus taeda plantation USDA natural Resource Conservation Service

Owing to the large genome size (18-35 gigabase pairs) of conifers their genome sequencing had remained a challenge  until recent advancements in technology made it feasible to a great extent. The knowledge thus obtained would throw light on new aspects of conifer genome evolution and function. It would also help in discovering the potential of conifer adaptation in the face of the global environmental changes and explore various  possibilities of tree improvement through marker and genomic selection. This review outlines the recent advancements in conifer genomics “towards decoding the conifer giga-genome” opportunities and challenges

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