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    Research: Smithsonian Magazine: Genome mapping could lead to cheaper and more abundant quinoa
    Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Monday, February 13, 2017



    The hope is that other researchers will use the genome data to find other adaptations that will help scientists breed strains of quinoa for various soils and climates around the world. "For example, we discovered mutations which ensure that certain quinoa varieties cannot produce bitter tasting saponins," Robert van Loo, quinoa breeder at Wageningen University in the Netherlands says in the press release. "These 'sweet' varieties do not need to be polished to remove the bitter substances, saving some 15 to 20 per cent. With the new knowledge of quinoa DNA, we can quickly and easily select plants that do not produce bitter substances in the breeding process."

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