Syngenta , a world-leading plant science company committed to promoting sustainable agriculture through innovation research and technology, has been supporting the IWGSC since 2011.

We are proud to count this innovative plant breeding company as our sponsor. Since we first began partnering with Syngenta, their scientists have provided critical advice and suggestions for ensuring that the genomic tools the IWGSC develops will be those which industry needs to accelerate crop improvement.

Read the interview with Jan Gielen , Syngenta representative in the IWGSC Coordinating Committee.

25 March 2020

"Comprehensive Cost-Effective Exome Sequencing with Arbor Biosciences Wheat Exome Panel" presented by Jacob Enk, NGS R&D Manager at Arbor Biosciences.

Harriet Benbow, postdoctoral research scientist at University College Dublin (Ireland), was awarded an IWGSC Early Career Award and a travel stipend to allowed her to travel to the Plant and Animal Genome Conference conference 2020 and present a talk during the IWGSC main workshop .

Read her profile and interview here


In January 2020, at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego (United States), the IWGSC presented an Outstanding Leadership Award to Vijay Tiwari

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Saturday 11 January
IWGSC Workshop
8:00 to 10:10 am - Town & Country
Speaker Profiles

Business Meeting
6:20 to 8:30 pm - Pacific Salon 4-5

Tuesday 14 January
Manual and Functional Annotation Workshop
1:30 to 5:30 pm - Pacific Salon 2

IWGSC Poster

PAG Pictures of IWGSC workshops & meeting


Hélène Rimbert is a Bioinformatics Engineer at GDEC (Genetic, Diversity and Ecophysiology of Cereals) a Joint Research Unit of Institute of Agronomical Research Institute (INRA) and Clermont-Auvergne University (UCA), based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Hélène has been involved in the IWGSC since 2016, as part of the annotation team that produced the IWGSC RefSeq annotation v1.0. Hélène and her colleagues at GDEC are currently working on a new, improved version of the annotation (v2.0).

Read her interview here .

IWGSC Wheat Exome v1 now available for bread and durum wheat from Arbor Biosciences

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On October 4, 2019, Arbor Biosciences announced the official release of the myBaits® Expert Wheat Exome capture panel developed in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). The panel utilizes over two million probes to cover 200 megabases of high confidence exons in the genome and is compatible with both hexaploid and tetraploid cultivars of wheat.

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On 17 August 2018, the IWGSC published in the international journal Science a detailed description and an analysis of the reference sequence of the bread wheat genome, the world’s most widely cultivated crop.

This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.

The research article – authored by more than 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in 20 countries – presents the DNA sequence of the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring ordered along the 21 wheat chromosomes. It is the highest quality genome sequence produced to date for wheat.

Read the IWGSC press release and the information package about the publication (Q&A, quotes, media kit, and more).

Watch this explainer video and this interview video to learn more about the IWGSC reference sequence of bread wheat.