Draft genome sequence of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis
"Hevea brasiliensis, a member of the Euphorbiaceae family, is the major commercial source of natural rubber (NR). NR is a latex polymer with high elasticity, flexibility, and resilience that has played a critical role in the world economy since 1876.
Here, we report the draft genome sequence of H. brasiliensis. The assembly spans ~1.1 Gb of the estimated 2.15 Gb haploid genome. Overall, ~78% of the genome was identified as repetitive DNA. Gene prediction shows 68,955 gene models, of which 12.7% are unique to Hevea. Most of the key genes associated with rubber biosynthesis, rubberwood formation, disease resistance, and allergenicity have been identified.
The knowledge gained from this genome sequence will aid in the future development of high-yielding clones to keep up with the ever increasing need for natural rubber.”
BMC Genomics 2013, 14:75
Gahhh done (for now) with one of the two pieces for this project… I have been staring at it in various forms all day so I don’t know if I like it or not.
We had to pick an article and then illustrate it. I chose this one, from Cornell’s Living Bird Magazine (http://allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2552) about the relationship between pinyon jays and pinyon pines. Really wonderful article—and as usual, the best part of projects like this are that I know so much more about the subject than I did before! :)
Type is a very weak point of mine (picking fonts, arranging text, etc.) so if there is anything I can do to improve the type on this, please let me know!
Araucaria is a genus of evergreen coniferous trees in the family Araucariaceae. There are 19 extant species in the genus, with a highly disjunct distribution in New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, eastern … Wikipedia
Araucaria araucana, female cone. Line drawing for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2012.
Abies nordmanniana - the Nordmann Fir