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Publication of the proceedings of the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (Yokahoma, Japan, 2013)

Publication of the proceedings of the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (Yokahoma, Japan, 2013)

The proceedings of 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (IWGS) held in Yokohama in 2013 have been published. The book is edited by Yasunari Gihara, Shigeo Takumi and Hirokazu Handa, IWGSC Coordinating Committee member

This proceedings is a collection of 46 selected papers that were presented at the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium (IWGS). Since the launch of the wheat genome sequencing project in 2005, the arrival of draft genome sequences has marked a new era in wheat genetics and genomics, catalyzing rapid advancement in the field. This book provides a comprehensive review of the forefront of wheat research, across various important topics such as germplasm and genetic diversity, cytogenetics and allopolyploid evolution, genome sequencing, structural and functional genomics, gene function and molecular biology, biotic stress, abiotic stress, grain quality, and classical and molecular breeding.

Following an introduction, 9 parts of the book are dedicated to each of these topics. A final, 11th part entitled “Research for Sustainable Wheat Production” contains 7 excellent papers that were presented in the 12th IWGS Special Session supported by the OECD. With rapid population growth and radical climate changes, the world faces a global food crisis and is in need of another Green Revolution to boost yields of wheat and other widely grown staple crops. Although this book focuses on wheat, many of the newly developed techniques and results presented here can be applied to other plant species with large and complex genomes.

Link (open access):

Advances in Wheat Genetics: From Genome to Field - Proceedings of the 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium