Crop Biotech Update

Chinese Scientists Complete Genome Sequencing of Tropical Sage Plant

July 4, 2018

Chinese scientists have sequenced the tropical sage genome, which will help with breeding and growing other sage plants, most valued for their aroma and appearance.

Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other coordinal plants.

Tropical sage is used in public gardens all over the world. The Beijing institute has developed over 10 varieties of tropical sage. Xin said that through genetic technology, they can control the colors and timing of blossoming, and extract essential sage oil and other aromatic and medicinal components from tropical sage.

Other details available at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.