Purdue University researchers Damon Lisch (left) and Jianxin Ma Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell
Purdue University researchers Damon Lisch (left) and Jianxin Ma have found that while soybean and maize genomes doubled around the same time, they did so in different ways.

Study uncovers distinctions in major crop genome evolutions

Understanding role transposons play in evolution of genomes can help scientists understand how plants make compromises within those genomes.

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in very different manners.

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