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Citrus breeding is bananas

My compadre Luigi I have been going back and forth on a recent research paper that delved deep into the breeding history of lemons and limes. It is utterly mind-boggling stuff, which neither of us feels able to understand, let alone summarise in any meaningful way. Luigi shared this picture from the paper:

I’ll just fondly remember my conversation with Helena Attlee, who explained that citrus are just really promiscuous.

Also at:


  • The Gannet
  • Rhizowen
  • AgroBioDiverse



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  • The mind-boggling breeding of citrus fruit. Nice infographic.

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