Researchers decode the pea genome

A team of researchers from the University of Western Australia has decoded the entire pea genome. The study, published in Nature Genetics, may be useful not only to understand how this legume evolved but also to improve the level of collection.

And, given that we are talking about one of the most consumed foods in the world, obtaining an improvement in crops may be a weapon against world hunger. The result was obtained by professors David Edwards and Jacqueline Batley of the School of Biological Sciences of the UWA and various other colleagues.

The entire genome of the pea extends for about 4.45 billion letters, as reported by Edwards and the same complete decoding has been possible only thanks to technological innovations that have taken place in recent years in the field of genome sequencing. A result that would have been impossible only 10-15 years ago.

According to the abstract of the study, compared to other genomes already sequenced of other legumes, this pea shows “an intense genetic dynamic” that is probably due to the expansion of the size of the genome itself when the Fabeae began to diverge in evolutionary level from the sister tribes.


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