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Unknown but is widely spread in the the UK
A hexaploid, with each cell containing 6 copies of 7 chromosomes, so a total of 42 chromosomes.
Eukaryota, the green plants (Viridiplantae) split off evolutionary at that point
I should be sequenced because...: I am one of the few plant on this list, and I represent an important food crop (the brassica's) and I live in salt rich habitats.
I am a member of the brassica family, an economically important food crop throughout the world. Also because i am salt tolerant that may be an important consideration for the purposes of research as plant breeders are interested in plant species such as brassica’s which can be grown on salt contaminated land.
My genetic makeup is quite complicated. I am a hexaploid with six copies of seven chromosomes giving a total of 42 chromosomes in each cell. In contrast, humans are diploid with two copies of 23 chromosomes giving a total of 46 chromosomes.
Another very important hexaploid plant species is wheat. Wheat because of its complex genome organisation is thought to have around 160,000 to 300.000 genes whereas humans have around 20,000 to 25,000 genes.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I live in the fast-lane
What's it like where you live?
I live on the coast because I love salt, and also along motorways where salt is spread.
What's your favourite food?
Compost with some salt please.
What's your family life like?
I love spreading my seed.
Are you endangered or threatened by anything?
Not that I am aware of.
What's the best thing about you/interesting fact?
I get my name because I am rich in vitamin C, and sailors used to eat me to ward off scurvy.
The champion of this species is...
A former plant biologist, who has gone to seed