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Citrus evolution history revealed with genomes
Citrus evolution history
RedOrbit cites our paper: A phylogenetic analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes elucidates the relationships between wild and domestic species within the genus Citrus. by Carbonell-Caballero et al., published in Mol. Biol. Evol.
From oranges, lemons, and limes, to kumquats and multi-colored grapefruits, the whole world loves us a good citrus fruit. Citrus are among the most important cultivated fruit trees worldwide. The high commercial value of citrus as a crop means that it has been the subject of a lot of research, but the evolutionary history and the origins of citrus as “domesticated” cultivated citrus species were poorly understood. Now, advances in genome technology have allowed scientists to build an accurate picture of the evolution and variability of the genus.