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Study: Watermelon genome could lead to disease-resistant fruit

Kramer Phillips | @KramerPhillips| November 29, 2012

Study: Watermelon genome could lead to disease-resistant fruit

Researchers at UC Davis say that the watermelon genome could lead to better tasting and disease-resistant fruit.

Researchers at UC Davis say that the watermelon genome could lead to more appetizing and disease-resistant fruit. According to a UC Davis report, a team of international researchers has published the genome sequence of watermelon. Researchers believe that the watermelon genome could help scientists understand more about the plant vascular system.

Researchers say that the watermelon genome holds 23,440 genes, approximately the same number of genes as in humans. The team looked at the genomes of 20 different watermelons and created a first-generation genetic variation map for the fruit. The map helped researchers determine the genomic regions associated with fruit, color, taste and size.

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