, Volume 8, Issue 3, p 443
Date: 19 Apr 2012

The genomes of the giants: a walk through the forest of tree genomes

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Tree genome issue:

Title: The genomes of the giants: a walk through the forest of tree genomes

Preface: Arguably, trees are the most important plant species contributing to the direct success of the human endeavor and represent cornerstone species for the future of sustainable local agriculture due to their highly favorable balance of input (tilling requirements, water, fertilizers, pest control) to output (yields) in contrast to many other commodity crops. Trees or tree products are utilized in almost every application directly relevant to human survival. Their fruits provide key components to the human diet, their trunks and limbs serve to provide energy for heating and materials for building, their leaves provide cover and shading to the underlying earth while capturing and storing significant amounts of atmospheric carbon, and their decay products contribute to the health of the complex biological web of forest ecosystems and the biosphere.

Surprisingly, however, our understanding of ...