Jaroslav Doležel is Head of the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics of the Institute of Experimental Botany (IEB) and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Palacký University with both institutes in Olomouc (Czech Republic).

Jaroslav has been involved in the IWGSC since the beginning in 2005.

Read his interview here .


25 July 2019 - IWGSC RefSeq v2.0 now available at URGI

Version 2 of the reference sequence of bread wheat, IWGSC RefSeq v2.0, is now available at the IWGSC data repository hosted by URGI-INRA .


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Florimond Desprez, a family-owned plant breeding company founded in 1830 and located in northern France has been supporting the IWGSC since 2011. The IWGSC is extremely grateful for its continuous support.

Florimond Desprez breeds plant varieties and also produces seeds to meet the needs of the arable crop sector. The group is one of the world leaders in the sugar beet seed industry and is one of the leading European breeders of small grain cereals.

Read the interview with Pierre Devaux , Florimond Desprez representative in the IWGSC Coordinating Committee

22 July 2019 - BASF joins the IWGSC


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


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Carolina Sansaloni

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 Carolina Sansaloni, Scientist at CIMMYT. She will present a talk entitled: "Studying Global Wheat Genetic Diversity of Germplasm" at the IWGSC workshop at PAG on Saturday 12 January 2019.

Read her interview here

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.

The IWGSC Leadership Award is given to recognize significant achievements, including major scientific milestones, that would not have been accomplished were it not for the demonstration of outstanding leadership and commitment to the overall objective by an individual or a group.

In January 2019, at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego (United States), the IWGSC presented Outstanding Leadership Awards to Hélène Bergès , Hirokazu Handa , Curtis Pozniak and Francis Quétier