palm tree DNA

December 08, 2013 - 19:26:15 GMT
palm tree DNA

Riyadh - Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said on Sunday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions.

Scientists from Riyadh's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China's Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since 2008.

The sequencing could help increase productivity as well as prevent and help in the treatment of diseases affecting date palms, Saudi research institute head Mohammed al-Suwail told reporters.

The palm is widely cultivated in the Middle East and North Africa.

Saudi Arabia has 450 varieties of the 2,000 species known worldwide, according to scientists.

There are about 100 million date palms in the world, of which 10 percent are in Saudi Arabia, which contributes 14 percent of the world production of dates.

In 2010, 20 scientists from both centres decoded the entire genetic makeup of the single-humped camel, camelus dromedarius, the omnipresent native of the Arabian peninsula.

Unlocking the genetics underpinning the camel's immune system could lead to potential medical discoveries, and the genome data can also help scientists understand better how the mammal produces its highly nutritious and medically valuable milk.

< 2013-12-08   19:26 GMT      < health      < Riyadh     
  LATEST NEWS BY CITIES
STOKE, England
Geneva
NEW YORK
London
Cairo
LAKE FOREST, Ill
EAST RUTHERFORD, N
BELFAST, Northern Ireland
PORTLAND, Ore
Amman
United Nations United States
Addis Ababa
DOHA, Qatar
HAVANA
Beirut
YALTA, Crimea
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama
Benghazi Libya
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii
CHICAGO
Berlin
Khartoum
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Algiers
  NEWS BY DATE
2014/12/22
Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter
2014/12/21
Mexico's church calls for changes in government strategy
2014/12/20
Medicare penalizing 12 Miss hospitals with 1 percent cuts
2014/12/19
Deepest fish found 5 miles down in Pacific trench
2014/12/18
U.S. Republicans look for ways to block normal ties with Cuba
2014/12/17
Padres acquire Wil Myers in complex three-team deal
  LATEST TRENDS NEWS
Sun, 14 Dec 2014
Dallas Cowboys, Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Cowboys Vs Eagles, Cowboys Score
Fri, 12 Dec 2014
Top Five, Birdman, Golden Globes, Golden Globes 2015, Golden Globe Nominations 2015
Wed, 10 Dec 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy, Cam Newton Car Accident, Cam Newton Injury, Cam Newton Accident, Cam
Fri, 05 Dec 2014
Grammy Nominations 2015, Grammy nominations
Wed, 03 Dec 2014
Eric Garner, Eric Garner Video, Daniel Pantaleo
Tue, 02 Dec 2014
USPS, Victorias Secret, Victoria S Secret Fashion Show 2014
Sat, 29 Nov 2014
JT Barrett, Michigan Football, Ohio State, Jt Barrett Injury
Fri, 28 Nov 2014
Star Wars trailer, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode 7, Star Wars 7, Star Wars The
Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Turkey Brine Recipe, How to Brine a Turkey, Brine Turkey, Brining A Turkey
Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Jurassic World, Jurassic World trailer, Jurassic Park, Chris Pratt