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Bangladeshi Scientist Reveal Genome of Jute.

Genome of Jute

Bangladeshi scientist Maqsudul Alam and his team has revealed the genome of jute.The team also unveiled genome of  jute named “Tosha”  in June 2010. Now the Bangladeshi scientists have the complete data of the genome of jute. This invention will help to conduct research on jute to improve it’s standard and ensure it’s diversified usage. Scientist prof. Dr. Maqsudul Alam and his team’s triumph continued as they sequenced the genome of a fungus, Macrophomina Phaseolina, which is responsible for damaging jute, soybean, maize along with 500 species globally. In terms of cultivation usage next to cotton, jute is known as the second largest fibre crop . Bangladesh is the world’s largest exporter of the fibre and second largest producer after India. Bangladesh has become only the second country after Malaysia among the developing nations to achieve successful sequencing of any genome. Scientist Maqsudul Alam, a professor of the University of Hawaii, led the team in sequencing the jute genome, earlier decoded the genome of papaya in the US and rubber plant in Malaysia. Experts say this gene sequencing would help to improve the fiber length and quality, color, strength and develop high yielding, saline soil and post tolerant jute varieties through genetic engineering.

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