Redwood Genome Project (RGP)
– Grows along the coast from Oregon to central California.
– Experienced extensive logging, followed by replanting. Management of dense second-growth stands requires thinning to restore old-growth forest.
– 26.5 Gb hexaploid genome (2n = 6x = 66)
– Genome assembly v2.2 available here
– Grows in fragmented groves throughout the Sierra Nevada.
– Moderate historical logging, and reduced regeneration due to fire suppression. Grove maintenance and ex-situ conservation are priorities.
– 8 Gb diploid genome (2n = 2x = 22)
– Genome assembly v2.0 available here
Redwood Genome Team
University of California, Davis
Johns Hopkins University
Save the Redwoods League
Northern Arizona University
University of Connecticut
Learn more about the Redwood Genome Project from our partner and funder Save the Redwoods League : https://www.savetheredwoods.org/project/redwood-genome-project/
- De La Torre, A. R., Sekhwal, M. K., & Neale, D. B. (2021). Selective sweeps and polygenic adaptation drive local adaptation along moisture and temperature gradients in natural populations of coast redwood and giant sequoia. Genes, 12(11), 1826. Full Text.
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- KMUD Public Affairs, March 31, 2022: Discoveries from the Redwood Genome Project and other Genetic Research
- KMUD Public Affairs, March 23, 2022: Secrets of Ancient Genetics: the Redwood Genome Project
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, December 23, 2021: O redwood tree, o redwood tree, can tree genetics save thee?
- Times-Standard, December 17, 2021: Researchers complete sequencing for Redwood Genome Project
- De Novo Genome Assembly Webinar Series, May 20, 2020: Sequencing and assembling the mega-genomes of mega-trees: the giant sequoia and coast redwood genomes.
- Nanopore Community Meeting, December 5, 2019: Sequencing and assembling mega-genomes of mega-trees: the giant sequoia and coast redwood genomes
- Marin Independent Journal, May 1, 2019: Genetic Code of Marin Redwoods Sought for Restoration
- Mercury News, April 26, 2019: Genetic Code for California’s Iconic Trees Uncovered
- San Francisco Chronicle, April 23, 2019: California scientists unravel genetic mysteries of world’s tallest trees
- Sacramento Bee, April 23, 2019: ‘23andMe for trees’: UC Davis scientists map genome for two giant California trees
- Popular Science, April 23, 2019: Researchers sequenced giant redwood genomes to kickstart a 23andMe for trees
- GenomeWeb, April 23, 2019: Some Big Trees
- YubaNet.com, April 23, 2019: Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced
- Redhead Blackbelt, April 23, 2019: A First Step to Protecting Diversity: Scientists Sequenced the Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Genomes
- KQED, April 23, 2019: Researchers Unlock Genetic Code of California Redwoods
- CBS Sunday Morning, July 1, 2018: Studying the DNA of Giants
- The Washington Post, February 8, 2018: Decoding the Redwoods
- San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 2017: Genetic probe of redwoods, giant sequoias is key to restoring forests
- The Mercury News, September 26, 2017: Decoding California’s redwood trees to bolster future forests