Manuel Spannagl is Senior Scientist and Deputy Group Leader in the Plant Genome and Systems Biology (PGSB) group of Klaus Mayer at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany. PGSB (formerly MIPS) has been engaged in the development of plant genome bioinformatics for over 15 years and has generated annotation for many plant genomes.

Manuel joined the IWGSC in 2008 and has been involved in the IWGSC survey sequence and the reference sequence projects.

Read his interview here .

14 January 2019 - Arbor Biosciences and the IWGSC Partner on Wheat Exome

Arbor+IWGSC logos2

This strategic partnership will provide IWGSC members with a standardized exome panel for research and development as well as expand Arbor’s collaboratively developed myBaits(R) Expert panels in agrigenomics.


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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.

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


Saturday 12 January
IWGSC Workshop
8:00 to 10:10 am - Town & Country

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

Tuesday 15 January
Manual and Functional Annotation Workshop
1:30 to 5:30 pm - Pacific Salon 2

Speaker Profiles

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


4 July 2018 - All IWGSC reference sequence resources now publicly available at URGI


All data related to the reference sequence of bread wheat, IWGSC RefSeq v1.0, are now available without restriction.

Read more

  • Curtis Pozniak In January 2019, Curtis Pozniak was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership in the completion of the IWGSC...
  • Hélène Bergès In January 2019, Hélène Bergès was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of her leadership in BAC poolin...
  • Hirokazu Handa In January 2019, Hirokazu Handa was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of his consistent support of the...
  • Francis Quétier In January 2019, Francis Quétier was awarded an IWGSC Outstanding Leadership Award in recognition and appreciation of his leadership and support...
  • Alaux presentation, IWGSC Business Meeting, San Diego, 12 January 2019 At the IWGSC Business Meeting that took place at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference ( PAG 2019 ) in San Diego, USA, on Saturday 12 January 201...
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