Tracking the Secrets of Tea

After five years’ work, scientists of the Kunming Institute of Botany in China have published a first draft of the genome of the tea shrub Camellia sinensis: more than four times the size of the coffee plant genome and much larger than most sequenced plant species.

The results of this and further research aim at learning more about what makes this plant so special – and at decoding the secrets of tea on a genetic basis.

“My” botanist Robert Fortune would be thrilled.

Researchers Read the Genome in the Tea Leaves

It’s massive€ – four times that of coffee …



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