UC Davis: Cracking the Walnut Genome
Scientists at the University of California – Davis, along with researchers from the University of Connecticut and Johns Hopkins University, have mapped the genome for the commercial walnut. This new discovery will help accelerate the rate of breeding and increase the variety amongst walnuts, allowing breeders to select disease, insect, and drought resistant traits. These genomics are added to the traditional breeding.
For California, this will have an enormous impact, as it produces 99% of the United States’ commercial walnuts. Walnuts are also the state’s fourth largest agricultural export. To assure the project’s continuity, The California Walnut Board has established a $2.9M endowment.
Read more on UC-Davis’ walnut genome project here!