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Interesting article sheds light on evolutionary trends in the floral transcriptome.

A recently accepted paper in The Plant Journal (Yoo et al, 2010) looks at the floral transcriptome of the basal angiosperm, Nuphar advena (water lily).

Castor bean genome

Chan et al, doi:10.1038/nbt.1674, published a draft genome of oilseed species Ricinus communis commonly called as castor bean. They found that many of the key genes involved in oil synthesis are single copy genes.