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Duckweed: The low-down on a tiny plant

20:00 EDT 25 Mar 2019 | AAAS

(University of Münster) An international research team led by researchers from the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (both Germany) have found why the giant duckweed has a low genetic diversity despite its large population size: low mutation rates contribute to low genetic diversity. The results are relevant for future studies on the evolution of plants and will accelerate the use of duckweeds both for basic research and industrial applications. The study was published in "Nature Communications".

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