We are developing the genome sequence of Coffea arabica variety Geisha that is grown in Goleta, California. RNA samples from different tissues and at a variety of developmental stages were collected and sequenced to enhance gene model predictions. We are also studying the variation between Geisha coffee plants and 12 other different varieties at the whole genome level relevant to coffee quality and environmental adaptation. Gene expression differences are also being examined between coffee varieties grown at different altitudes.
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