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Major breakthrough in deciphering bread wheat's genetic code
Date:11/28/2012

ermany. Researchers from the European Bioinformatics Institute, Kansas State University, and the United Sates Department of Agriculture were also vital to the project's success. The research was possible thanks to major funding was from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the EU and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "In the face of this year's wheat crop losses, and worries over the impact on prices for consumers, this breakthrough in our understanding of the bread wheat genome could not have come at a better time. This modern strategy is a key component to supporting food security and gives breeders the tools to produce more robust varieties with higher yields. It will help to identify the best genetic sequences for use in breeding programmes."

"The complexity of the wheat genome means that there is still more to learn and international efforts to complete a full sequence are vital to further maximise the potential of new wheat varieties."

Following this announcement, BBSRC has urged for a redoubling of efforts by the International Wheat Initiative and the associated International Wheat Genome Sequencing Expert Group to promote completion of the full sequence to progress further advances in wheat varieties at the earliest opportunity.


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