Chinese scientists have mapped the genome sequence of allopolyploid Brassica juncea, or mustard, a vegetable commonly used in Chinese cooking. Zhejiang University’s Zhang Mingfang, who is a member of the research program, said Tuesday [13 September 2016] that the sequencing would help scientists understand and improve the agriculturally important vegetable…Full Article: The Global Times Sept 2016

Key Point

  • According to a researcher at Zhejiang University, Chinese mustard (aka Jie Cai) is used for pickling and mustard oil. China cultivates mustard on 133,000 hectares of farmland. Previously, Chinese scientists mapped the genome sequence of Chinese cabbage and kale.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In December 2015, Chinese scientists completed the genome sequencing of more than 70% of key agricultural crops including the rice, wheat, corn and cucumbers.
  • In November 2015, Shenzhen hosted The Agricultural Genomics 2015 conference.
  • In October 2014, Chinese scientists completed the genome sequencing of the adzuki bean and the Chinese jujube (Zizyphus jujube). Adzuki bean is popularly consumed in East Asia as a sweetened red bean paste. Production of the bean is centered in China and Japan. The Chinese jujube is a black/red fruit that is consumed fresh or in processed form (e.g. candied, canned, or dried).

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