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SHIJIAZHUANG, Oct. 29, Xinhua - Chinese scientists have finished the genome sequencing of the Chinese jujube tree, providing an insight to develop better quality jujube fruits.

Jujube trees are indigenous to China with 99 percent of the world's jujube plantations in China. The plant is the source of income for more than 20 million Chinese farmers.

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Since the foundation of new China, the national timber production has accumulated to a total of 2,450 million m3, making an enormous contribution to the production, construction and development of the country. Since the implementation of the natural forest protection program, the national timber production has been reduced progressively, from 63.9479 million m3 in 1997 down to 51.9733 million m3.

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Recently, 2 walnut trees were found to have special characteristics with their fruits. The 2 trees grow in Jinjiang Town,Shangri-La County, Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan Province, 30 years old, originated from seedlings. The special characteristics are: most fruits have 3 fruit ribs, kernels with either 4 or 6 sections; few fruits have 4 fruit ribs, kernels with 4 or 6 or 8 sections; also few fruits are same as common walnut trees with 2 fruit ribs and 4 section kernels.  

The bamboo floors, bamboo template, decorative bamboo lumbers, bamboo handicrafts and bamboo shoots produced in China have been exported to Japan, Korea, Australia, the United States and European countries, creating an income of foreign currency of over USD 1 billion yearly.

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In recent years, the total output value of forestry industries is growing year by year. The gross product value of forestry industries in the whole country reached RMB 689.221 billion (calculated at the current price) in 2004, RMB 103.188 billion more than that in 2003, an increase of 17.61% (figure 4-1). By looking at different industries, the product value of the primary industries was RMB 338.754 billion, contributing 56.4% to the gross output value of all forestry industries, an increases by 10.50% as compared with the same period of last year; the product value of the secondary industries was RMB 256.112 billion, accounting for 37.16% of the product value of all forestry industries, a comparative growth of 27.58%; the third industries had a gross output value of RMB 44.355 billion, covering 6.44%of the gross output value of all forestry industries, a rise by 32.48% over the same period of last year. Among the secondary industries, the manufacturing industries amounted to the most part with a contribution of 97.63%to the product value of the secondary industries; among the manufacturing industries, wood processing and products of timber, bamboo, palm and straw are the largest contributors, accounting for 59.51%of the total product value of the manufacturing industries and 58.10% of that of the secondary industries.

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