Eucalyptus genome sequenced
An international team of researchers has completed sequencing and annotating the 40,000 genes in the 640 megabase genome of the forest tree, Eucalyptus grandis. The four-year project involved more than 130 researchers from 18 countries. It was supported by the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute and led by Professor Zander Myburg from South Africa’s Pretoria University. Publication of the genome sequence is expected to take place by early 2012.