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Sequencing of hornwort genomes could lead to crop improvement [Registered]

Some 500 million years ago hornworts were one of the first groups of plants to colonize land. But biologists have never understood much about the genetics of these ancient plants, which have very unique biology. Now, researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and University of Zurich have sequenced the genomes of three hornworts and have discovered genes that likely underpin the plants’ special methods of acquiring carbon and nitrogen.…

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