Citrus evolution history revealed with genomes

Citrus evolution history

From oranges, lemons, and limes, to kumquats and multi-colored grapefruits, the whole world loves us a good citrus fruit. Citrus are among the most important cultivated fruit trees worldwide. The high commercial value of citrus as a crop means that it has been the subject of a lot of research, but the evolutionary history and the origins of citrus as “domesticated” cultivated citrus species were poorly understood. Now, advances in genome technology have allowed scientists to build an accurate picture of the evolution and variability of the genus.