Chinese and Japanese scientists have sequenced the whole genome of the cultivated strawberry as well as four closely related wild strawberries, and identified genes linked to disease resistance and genes that may be used in future breeding. The findings are expected to "help in discovering genes related to serious diseases affecting strawberries worldwide such as powdery mildew, anthracnose and Fusarium wilt," said research team leader Sachiko Isobe, head of the Laboratory of Applied Plant Genomics at the Kazusa DNA Research Institute in Japan.

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