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 .

"Understanding abiotic stress signalling in wheat through (phospho)proteomics" presented by Ive De Smet, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Belgium.


Since 2007, the IWGSC has included an early career speaker in all of its sponsored workshops. The goal is to engage young and early career scientists in wheat genomics broadly and in the IWGSC specifically.

The latest awardee is Harriet benbow, postdoctoral research scientist at University College Dublin (Ireland).

She will present a talk entitled: "Serpins: Genome-Wide Characterisation and Expression Analysis of the Serine Protease Inhibitor Family in Triticum aestivum" at the IWGSC workshop at PAG on Saturday 11 January 2020.

Read her interview here


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


The Kansas Wheat Commission (KWC) is a founding member of the IWGSC and has been a continuous supporter of the consortium since the beginning.

KWC is a grower-funded, grower-governed advocacy organization working to secure the future of Kansas wheat in the global market through international trade, research, export system studies and continually improved varieties of wheat. Its mission is to increase wheat producer productivity and profitability through research, education and domestic and international market development.

Read the interview with Justin Gilpin , KWC representative in the IWGSC Coordinating Committee.

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.

Read more

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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.