Decoding the genomes of duckweeds: low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity

The low-down on a tiny plant: Researchers at the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena have found why the giant duckweed has a low genetic diversity despite its large population size: low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity. The results are relevant for future studies on the evolution of plants and will accelerate the use of duckweeds both for basic research and industrial applications. The study was published in “Nature Communications”.

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