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Wheat Sequencing Consortium is Producing New Tools for Wheat Breeders

Published: 11/04/2015 08:18 am

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) announced today that it has started a new project to speed up gene discovery in bread wheat. It will provide plant breeders around the world with essential resources to accelerate their breeding programs and develop more sustainable wheat varieties with increased tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

Canadian Genomics Project Is Leading the Way in Wheat Breeding Innovation

Published: 09/29/2015 08:33 am

Wheat farmers have reason to celebrate, as the Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics (CTAG2) project is about to step up its contribution to the global effort to decipher the wheat genome, led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). The expected outcome is a new generation of wheat cultivars with higher yields and better resistance to stresses.

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.

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 genome sequencing on track

Published: 01/06/2015 10:11 am

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) announced today that it has completed high quality physical maps for 6 additional wheat chromosome arms. This major achievement on the path towards a high quality reference sequence of the bread wheat genome will provide invaluable tools to speed up breeding of new wheat varieties.

Genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled

Published: 07/17/2014 08:11 pm

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published today in the international journal Science a draft sequence of the bread wheat genome. The chromosome-based draft provides new insight into the structure, organization, and evolution of the large, complex genome of the world’s most widely grown cereal crop.

News Release: IWGSC to receive €1 million from Bayer CropScience to enable completion of physical maps in 2014.

Published: 01/24/2014 03:43 pm

The IWGSC announced today that it will receive €1 million (Euros) from Bayer CropScience. The contribution will enable completion of physical maps for all 21 bread wheat chromosomes in 2014.

G20 Agricultural Ministers approve the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI)

Published: 07/11/2011 12:05 pm

The G20 group of nations approved the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI) in Paris in June 2011.

Significant Work Still Needed to Really Crack Wheat’s Genetic Code

Published: 08/30/2010 05:49 pm

The International Wheat Genome Sequence Consortium (IWGSC), an international consortium of wheat growers, public and private breeders and scientists, strongly disagrees with implications that the sequence reads made available by a UK team, led by Professor Neil Hall, represent in any way the sequence of the wheat genome or that this work is comparable to genome sequences for rice, maize, or soybean.