WSU doctoral student races to help Washington’s apple and pear growers in fight against one of the worst outbreaks of fire blight in recent history.
by Brian Charles Clark, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
PULLMAN – An international team of scientists from Italy, France, New Zealand, Belgium and the USA have published a draft sequence of the domestic apple genome in the current issue of Nature Genetics.
The availability of a genome sequence for the apple will allow scientists to more rapidly identify which genes provide desirable characteristics to the fruit and which genes and gene variants provide disease or drought resistance to the plant. This information can be used to rapidly improve the plants … » More …