Xiurong ZHANG and his team over the past 30 collected 7910 sesame germplasms, covering 30 Chinese provinces and locations on five continents, to build the first sesame gene information base, with 819.3 Gb of public data, and 7200 genome tags. They built the first high-density genetic mapand discovered a new mechanism for the geneetic regulation of the oil content, leading to variety QTL77, with higher oil content and improved resistances, providing 74 % of all Chinese varietis.

China Bio news release, April 5, 2017