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Wheat genome sequencing catching up

Wheat genome sequencing catching up

The IWGSC published an article in the magazine European Seed highlighting its achievement so far and making the case for more funding to be fund soon to finish the reference sequencing of bread wheat.

More financing needed so the full genome of bread wheat can be sequenced.

Sequencing the wheat genome has long been considered an insurmountable challenge. World demographics, however, have left society with no choice — wheat production must increase to feed a growing population. Improving average wheat yields has become a major objective with genome sequencing as its prerequisite. Last year, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium unveiled the first draft sequence of the bread wheat genome. A complete reference sequence that will pave the way to improved wheat varieties could be achieved by 2018.

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