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  • Genomic study reveals evolutionary secrets of banyan tree

    Photo of banyan fig tree with large roots connecting upper branches to the ground. The aerial roots look like mini tree trunks.

    The banyan tree Ficus macrocarpa produces aerial roots that give it its distinctive look. A new study reveals the genomic changes that allow the tree to produce roots that spring from its branches.

    Photo by Gang Wang

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  • Editor’s notes
    To reach Ray Ming, email rayming@illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Genomes of banyan tree and pollinator wasp provide insights into fig-wasp coevolution” is available from the U. of I. News Bureau.