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Wild genes may help domesticated peaches adapt to climate change

Wild genes may help domesticated peaches adapt to climate change

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March 9 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered genes that help wild peaches tolerate a variety of climate stressors. The genes could be reintroduced to domesticated peaches to help the stone fruits adapt to climate change. For the study, scientists sequenced and analyzed the genomes of wild peaches and landraces -- varieties that have adapted over hundreds of years to specific climate conditions -- across seven regions of China. Advertisement The survey, published Tuesday in the journal Genome Research, revealed the genes that help the wild relatives of the domestic peach, Prunus persica, survive cold spells, drought and elevated levels of ultraviolet radiation. "Our study provides many candidate genes, showing how peach has adapted to all kinds of environmental stresses and stimuli," study ...