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 .


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

IWGSC at PAG Asia 2019

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.


  • 2018 Annual Report 2018: the culmination of 13 years of hard work and the beginning of an exciting new phase.
  • IWGSC Newsletter – January to April 2019 Welcome to the IWGSC newsletter No1/2019
  • IWGSC becomes a member of DivSeek The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium is pleased to announce that it has joined the DivSeek initiative.
  • Florimond Desprez Florimond Desprez, a family-owned plant breeding company founded in 1830 and located in northern France has been supporting the IWGSC since 2011....
  • 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...
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.

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

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


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

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