Redwood Genome Project (RGP)


Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are majestic, long-lived trees. These California endemics play important roles in many spheres: ecology, economy, culture, and conservation. Although redwoods have been around for millions of years, we know very little about how these trees evolved to occupy their current range. To better understand the California redwoods and aid in their protection, we are sequencing their genomes for the first time using redwood needles and a tiny portion of the seed (megagametophyte). These genomes will facilitate the development of genetic tools to aid in the conservation and restoration of California’s remaining redwood forests.

UC Davis Members

David Neale

Alison Dawn Scott

Zane Moore

Brian Allen


Save the Redwoods League:

  • Emily Burns

Johns Hopkins University:

  • Steven Salzberg
  • Daniela Puiu
  • Aleksey Zimin
  • Winston Timp
  • Rachael Workman



Learn more about the Redwood Genome Project from our partner and funder Save the Redwoods League :

Participating Organizations