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FIU Geneticist studies history of mangoes

Posted by Evelyn Perez
× 06/14/2016 at 11:54 am












Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy mango.

The sweet fruit is the basis of many recipes and is found in juices, smoothies, sorbets and preserves. Oftentimes, it’s simply picked and eaten fresh off the tree. Enjoyed by many throughout the world, the health of mango yields are at risk due to drought, disease and climate change.





Biology Ph.D. student Emily Warschefsky is studying the genetic diversity and evolutionary history of mangoes.







Biology student Emily Warschefsky is studying the genetic diversity in wild varieties of mango and how the crop has evolved over time through domestication. During domestication, crops typically lose genetic diversity resulting in the loss of beneficial traits. Warschefsky’s research will ultimately help breeders maximize positive genetic traits and produce mangoes that can tolerate harsh conditions and resist disease.




“A lot of what we know about domestication in plants comes from annual plant species, those …

THIS GUY JUST MADE $1 BILLION OFF LINKEDIN’S SALE TO MICROSOFT

Reid Hoffman has a big, new pot of gold to dive into.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/06/reid-hoffman-net-worth-linkedin-sale





Hoffman added nearly $1 billion to his fortune on Monday after news of the acquisition broke, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, as the company’s stock leaped around 50 percent within the morning. Bloomberg puts his net worth at $3.8 billion, up nearly 60 percent since early February.


This may be chump change for a Mark Zuckerberg or a Jeff Bezos, who this year have bothearned in one day more than what Hoffman has amassed in his entire life. But nine zeros in a few hours is still nine zeros in a few hours, and increasing one’s net worth by a third in a single day is still something both Zuckerberg and Bezos have yet to do (it would make them both close to being the richest men in the universe).