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.

23 September 2020 - Resistance gene cloning in wheat

Presented by Burkhard Steuernagel (John Innes Centre, UK)

28 October 2020 - Genome-specific primer design with PolyMarker

Presented by Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez(John Innes Centre, UK)

19 November 2020 - Decoding the polyploid wheat genome using gene networks

Presented by Philippa Borrill (University of Birmingham, UK)


Gabriel Keeble-Gagnère is a Senior Research Scientist at Agriculture Victoria (part of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) in Melbourne, Australia.

Gabriel has been involved with the IWGSC since 2010. His first contributions were on the BAC-based assembly of chromosome 7A, as part of Rudi Appels’ group. Gabriel then joined the Pseudomolecule Group in 2016, with Frédéric Choulet and Martin Mascher. Most recently, he has contributed to the updated v2.0 assembly. Gabriel received an IWGSC Early Career Award in 2014 for his work on the chromosome 7A assembly and joined the IWGSC Coordinating Committee in 2018.

Read his interview here .

16 June 2020 - Arbor Biosciences joins the IWGSC


The IWGSC is pleased to announce that Arbor Biosciences has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.

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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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Science cover_17Aug2018

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.