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Potato genome is decoded in Scotland

DUNDEE, Scotland, July 10 (UPI) -- Scientists in Scotland say they have decoded the entire DNA genome of the potato, which could bolster harvests of one of the world's most vital crops.

Professor Iain Gordon, head of the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, told the BBC the breakthrough will help botanists develop new varieties, more nutritious, abundant and resistant to pests and diseases.

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It can take more than decade to breed an improved variety under current methods.

Gordon said it will take several more years of study to apply the genome finding to crop production.

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