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Sequencing of Wheat Chromosome 5D Underway in Turkey

Published: 06/30/2015 08:54 am

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) and the Wheat Initiative announced today that funding was secured in Turkey for reference sequencing of wheat chromosome 5D. This is another step towards achievement of a high quality reference sequence for each of the 21 bread wheat chromosomes in order to provide plant breeders with high quality tools to accelerate breeding programs and produce a new generation of wheat varieties with higher yields and improved sustainability.

Wheat genome sequencing catching up

Published: 06/25/2015 11:03 am

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.

5DS physical map published

Published: 06/16/2015 06:08 pm

Publication of the 5DS physical map by a team led by IWGSC Coordinating Committee member HIkmet Budak (Sabanci University), in collaboration with IWGSC members at the Institute of Experimental Botany (Czeck Republic), Instituto di Genomica Applicata (Italy) and at CNRGV (France).

New momentum for wheat genome project

Published: 06/16/2015 09:04 am

Sequencing of wheat chromosome 4B to begin

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) and the Wheat Initiative announced today that reference sequencing of wheat chromosome 4B would commence shortly in France. This complements the reference sequencing projects already underway on 11 other wheat chromosomes and adds momentum to the goal of achieving a high quality reference sequence of the bread wheat genome to speed up gene discovery and breeding of new wheat varieties.

Wheat Initiative conference and research committee meeting at Expo 2015

Published: 06/04/2015 10:14 pm

On Wednesday 3 June at EXPO 2015 in Milan wheat research was given a boost though a conference organized by the Wheat initiative and the Italian research institutions ( CNR , CRA and University of Bologna ) entitled “Wheat for the Future - Advancing Wheat Research for Global Food Security”. This event was part of the current Universal Exhibition being hosted by the city Milan in Italy under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

Wheat Initiative Strategic Research Agenda identifies completing the wheat genome reference sequence as a top research priority

Published: 06/02/2015 10:51 am

The Wheat Initiative Strategic Research Agenda ( SRA – draft version ) identifies policy-relevant key challenges and research priorities for the short, medium, and long term. Organized in four thematic core themes and two cross-cutting themes, the SRA lists the strategic actions needed to address these priorities and identifies “game-changers” that will revolutionize wheat production in the future.

A fully assembled and aligned wheat genome sequence” is one of these game-changers.

Infographic: Wheat in the EU28

Published: 05/19/2015 04:02 pm

The European Union is the world’s leading wheat producer, ahead of China, India and the USA, with 20% of the total world harvest (149 million tons in 2014) on 24.4 million ha cultivated.

IWGSC Sequence Standards for the BAC‐based Reference Sequence of Bread Wheat

Published: 05/18/2015 06:38 pm

The goal of the IWGSC is to produce a high quality reference sequence for the 21 bread wheat chromosomes of the cultivar Chinese Spring that represents over 85% of each chromosome in long contiguous sequences organized in fewer than 10 scaffolds per megabase and anchored to wheat genetic markers.

Infographic: Facts about Wheat

Published: 05/12/2015 03:58 pm

Wheat is the most widely grown cereal crop in the world, with 730 millions tons produced on 222 million hectares (2014 data). Each year, nearly US $50 billion-worth of wheat is traded globally. The world’s top producers are the European Union, followed by China, India and the USA. Wheat is currently the staple food for more than 35% of the global human population. With the world’s population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the World Bank has estimated that global wheat production would need to increase by 60 %.

Review: wheat genome sequencing status

Published: 04/21/2015 02:32 pm

A review covering wheat genome sequencing status and how to use these information for wheat improvement was published on 15 April 2015 in the journal Trends in Plant Science .