OSU Says Genome Could Unlock Eucalyptus Potential
Scientists from OSU helped uncover a new genome sequence in Eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus grows quickly and can be used for fuel and timber. Among its many uses, eucalyptus can provide a renewable source of fiber, pulp, biofuel material, and medicinal and industrial oils. The new genome sequence that was discovered with the help of 12 OSU scientists has the potential to unlock new biomass yield and stress tolerance, among other traits. The scientists are working with the genomes to manipulate how the eucalyptus trees grow, which will influence whether their wood is more suitable for production and manufacturing. The genome will provide a much clearer roadmap for the future of the eucalyptus tree as well as help scientists take a look back at its evolution.