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Coffee genome sheds light on the evolution of caffeine


An international research team, including Philippe Lashermes, Patrick Wincker and France Denoeud (French National Sequencing Center CEA-Genoscope) and Victor Albert (University at Buffalo), sequenced the genome of the coffee plant Coffea Canephora.
The scientists who completed the project say the sequences and positions of genes in the coffee plant show that they evolved independently from genes with similar functions in tea and chocolate, which also make caffeine. More than 8.7 million tons of coffee was produced in 2013; it is the one of the principal agricultural products of many tropical nations including Madagascar.