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Genome of Mangrove Species Decoded
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Genome of Mangrove Species Decoded

  • Context: Scientists have reported for the first time a whole genome sequence of a highly salt-tolerant and salt-secreting true-mangrove species, Avicennia marina. 
  • Avicennia marinais one of the most prominent mangroves species found in all mangrove formations in India.
  • It is a salt-secreting and extraordinarily salt-tolerant mangrove species that grows optimally in 75% seawater and tolerates >250% seawater.
  • It is among the rare plant species, which can excrete 40% of the salt through the salt glands in the leaves, besides its extraordinary capacity to exclude salt entry to the roots. 

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