Grapevine Genome Sequenced
8/29/2007 10:16:56 AM
A group of Italian and French scientists have produced a high-quality draft of the genome sequence for the pinot noir grapevine, the first sequence made for a fruit crop. The research group, called the French-Italian Public Consortium for Grapevine Genome Characterization, has made the genetic code available to the public to speed up the process of identifying the genes underlying particular traits, such as those involved in disease resistance. The group's findings were published in this week's issue of Nature.