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Eucalyptus DNA helps search for super-trees

Published on Jun 12, 2014 7:17 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Scientists said on Wednesday they had unravelled the genome of a eucalyptus tree, gaining insights into its fast growth and adaptability that could one day enhance forests grown for biomass and timber.

Eucalyptus is native to Australia, but has become the most widely-cultivated hardwood tree; an important source of paper, wood and essential oils grown in more than 100 countries on six continents.

It is are also considered a potentially major source of biofuels.

An international team of scientists have now sequenced the genetic code of one of the most widely-bred species: Eucalyptus grandis.

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