An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA), has published the genome of Brassica napus, commonly known as canola, in the journal Science.

Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is grown across much of Canada and its native Europe, but the winter crop is increasingly cultivated in Georgia.

"This genome sequence opens new doors to accelerating the improvement of canola," says Andrew Paterson, regents professor and director of UGA's Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and co-corresponding author for the study.

"We can use this knowledge to tailor the plant's flowering time, make it more resistant to disease and improve a myriad of other traits that will make it more profitable for production in Georgia and across the country."