- Written by Anna Strom
much of the forestry industry in the boreal belt, and thus for pulp and paper makers and related industries—has been mapped by researchers in Sweden. The sequencing revealed that this kind of spruce has about as many genes as humans; however, its genome is about seven times larger. The findings have been published in the well-respected Nature scientific journal.
The researchers say the results may speed up scientific progress when it comes to modifiying trees to make them suitable for specific purposes of use or more resistant to pests.
Swedish public radio aired three clips, of which we publish the most substantive one, airing 23 May on the Vetandets värld radio show, on the Sveriges Radio P1 station.
Scientific article: Nystedt B. et al, The Norway spruce genome sequence and conifer genome evolution, Nature (2013), published online 22 May 2013.