Asiatic pear genome mapped

The genome of the Asiatic pear has been accurately sequenced to within 3% of its complete assembly.

Sometimes referred to as the “apple” pear because of its round shape, the Asiatic pear is native to China, the country that accounts for almost 60% of the world’s pear production.

Ultimately, understanding the genetic make-up of the pear will help to improve its quality as well as its resistance to disease.

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