|You just published the genome of a conifer in Nature. Why is it so relevant?
In the first place, because of the difficulty. For the first time, an international research group has managed to sequence the genome of a conifer, in particular the Picea abies (a tree of Eurasian distribution). It is a complicated task because of the great quantity of DNA present in the cell nucleus, much more than in other plants. During evolution it has incorporated sequences that are similar to mobile transposable elements, which form most of its genome.
What would you highlight?
What was your contribution?
And this scientific finding has also an economic impact…
Your research also tries to detect food industry fraud. How can that be done from a plant study point of view?
You have cooperated with police investigations identifying plant remnants. What does forensic botany entail?
Maria Josep Picó. Chair for Popularising of Science, University of Valencia.
«Food industry fraud is widespread in the plant world»