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Australian Researchers to Sequence Lupin Genome

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, CSIRO, and the Centre for Food and Genomic Medicine in Perth, Australia, said they will be sequencing the lupin genome.

The three-year, A$1.5million ($1.46M) project is expected to result in the acceleration of lupin crop improvements, such as drought tolerance, disease tolerance, and optimal flowering time, CSIRO said in a statement.

The majority of the research will be conducted at the CSIRO/University of Western Australia joint crop genomics laboratory and will be led by Karam Singh, a senior CSIRO plant industry scientist. CFGM also will work with sequencing researchers and bioinformaticians in the US, China, Europe, and Japan to analyze the data.

Lupin is part of the legume family and is a winter rotation crop that farmers can be used to prevent diseases from surviving from season to season in cereal crops. They also fix nitrogen in the soil.

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