First genetic map of Artemisia annua offers hope for malaria treatment

Scientists at the University of York, UK, published the first genetic map of Artemisia annua, a medicinal plant that is used for treatment. The genetic map can accelerate plant breeding of Artemisia; rapidly develop a high performance culture. This innovation is crucial if you want to meet the growing demand for effective treatment against malaria.The project is led by Professor Dianna Bowles and Professor Ian Graham. Professor Graham said: ‘The map is already proving to be an essential tool for us with our new understanding of Artemisia genetics, we can produce a better, non-GM varieties of Artemisia much faster than would otherwise be possible.’. This speed is essential. ‘We intend to obtain high-yield seeds to farmers in the next 2-3 years to supply the growing demand for treatments against malaria,’ said Professor Dianna Bowles. ‘It ‘is a very narrow and can not do that with the benefit of the new knowledge provided by the card.’ The work shows how modern genetics is to shorten the time needed to transform a wild plant species in a culture domesticated.

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