Eucalyptus Selected as Next Tree Genome to be Sequenced for Bioenergy

Summerville, South Carolina [] ArborGen, LLC, announced this week that its South Carolina-based biotechnology company will play a key role in an international effort to decode the genome of Eucalyptus, one of the world’s most valuable fiber and paper-producing trees. The project goal is to unlock the tree’s enormous potential and benefits for the emerging bioenergy market. The project will be supported by significant contributions of genomic data and scientific data from ArborGen and its New Zealand-based shareholder, Rubicon Limited. The two companies will provide access to their private collection of more than 240,000 Eucalyptus gene sequences. ArborGen President and CEO, Barbara Wells notes that the Eucalyptus genomic project will allow researchers to unlock the secrets of this valuable species as a renewable source of woody biomass for cellulosic ethanol from purpose-grown, sustainable planted stands.
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