Chinese scientists have finished the genome sequencing of the Chinese jujube tree, providing an insight to develop better quality jujube fruits. Jujube trees are indigenous to China with 99 percent of the world’s jujube plantations in China. The plant is the source of income for more than 20 million Chinese farmers. The genetic research was carried out by professor Liu Mengjun and his research team in the Hebei Agricultural University since 2010…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2014

Key Point

  • As a result of the research, China has identified genes that enable increased resistance to drought and soil salinity, as well as boosting the fruit’s sugar (brix) content.

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  • The Chinese jujube (Zizyphus jujube) is a black/red fruit that is consumed fresh or in processed form (e.g. candied, canned, or dried).

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