Citrus History

An analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes reveals how and when modern fruit varieties evolved from a common ancestor.

The Scientist cites our paper: A phylogenetic analysis of 34 chloroplast genomes elucidates the relationships between wild and domestic species within the genus Citrus. by Carbonell-Caballero et al., published in Mol. Biol. Evol

All present-day citrus trees arose from a common ancestor 15 million years ago that underwent three big waves of evolutionary change to create today’s lemons, limes, kumquats, and oranges, according to a study published this week (April 14) in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Read more at The Scientist.