Strawberries Have DNA from Eight Different Parents

Researchers have discovered that the cultivated garden strawberry’s complex evolutionary history started long ago on opposite sides of the world.Until now, researchers have known little about the evolutionary origins of the cultivated strawberry. While most species, including humans, are diploid with two copies of the genome — one copy from each parent — the strawberry is an octoploid, with eight complete copies of the genome that multiple, distinct parental species contributed.In a new study, researchers explain how the strawberry became an octoploid, and the genetics that determine important fruit quality traits.

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