The genus Eucalyptus comprises of a large number of evergreen and fast-growing trees of tropical climates that belong to family Myrtaceae. They are native to Australia. Different species within this genus are well adapted to various climatic conditions and are grown throughout the world. Depending on the species, these trees can be very fragrant. They are valued for their timber, oil, and are important in pulp and paper industry. Eucalyptus oil has great commercial value being used for medicinal, industrial or aromatic purposes. Because of the great economic importance, large number of groups through out the world are involved in various aspects of Eucalyptus research.
E. globulus is one of the most widely cultivated trees in Australia and is also found in several other parts of the world. It has a genome size of about 600 Mb with 11 haploid chromosomes. International Eucalyptus Genome Consortium has been established to sequence the genome of E. globulus. It will help in developing superior Eucalyptus varieties and will also help in understanding the evolution of woody plant genomes.
Information regarding the genetic maps displayed in Map Viewer can be obtained from the BioProject database.