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July 30, 2008

A mountain of kiwi genes

Scientists from Hortresearch in New Zealand have just released a serious pile of genetic sequence data from kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa). 130,000 ESTs, to be exact. (EST stands for Expressed Sequence Tag--this is sequence from individual genes that are being expressed at the moment the extraction took place, transcribed from the mRNA.) This has to be among the largest single releases of sequences for a horticultural crop. Kudos to them for sharing with the rest of us. (Of course, really, who else is doing enough kiwi molecular genetics work to use this besides the New Zealanders?)

Scientists detail kiwifruit genes (Business Day)
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At 8/05/2008 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

If we could grow Kiwi in Florida, I would play with these. Make a microarray and see how storage affects the various genes. I love kiwifruit.

At 8/05/2008 11:28:00 PM, Blogger Evil Fruit Lord said...

We had a pair of hardy kiwis in back of our building in Geneva, one male and one female, which worked out really well until a mower nailed the trunk of the male. No more fruit.

I think you could probably grow a few of the low chill kiwi varieties in Florida, especially north Florida. I know some of them can grow inplaces like Fresno, which has to be lower chill and hotter in the summer than most of Florida.

I'll see if I can hunt up a few varieties for you to try, if you can track them down.

At 8/08/2008 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Brandon Hurr said...

Not sure if I'll be in Florida too much longer, but I'd be interested in a lower chill kiwi suggestion. Or any kiwifruit ideas for that matter.

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