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MSU Scientist Helps Map Potato Genome, Could Improve Crop Yield

September 24, 2009

potatoes It's been cultivated for at least 7,000 years and spread from South America to grow on every continent except Antarctica. Now the humble potato has had its genome sequenced. "The potato is the most important vegetable worldwide," said Robin Buell, a Michigan State University associate professor of plant biology. She was part of the consortium that released the first draft sequence of the potato genome. Full Story

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