Genome of wheat, the world’s most common crop, sequenced after 13 years

Ever since scientists first sequenced a living thing’s genome in 1995 — that of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae — the genomes of hundreds of plants and animal species have been unraveled.

You’d think, then, that wheat would have been early up on that list. After all, it’s the most commonly grown crop in the world. […]

FDA’s GenomeTrakr supports food safety around the globe

There’s Twitter. Uber. Venmo. Facebook. The World Wide Web has brought us no shortage of apps, websites and networks with trendy names and useful functions. For the food industry, now there’s GenomeTrakr.

GenomeTrakr is a network of more than 60 laboratories across the world working in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). […]

Got grain? Researchers identify gene that impacts grain yield

Mutants get a bad rap in horror movies and superhero comic books. But when it comes to real-life genomic science, mutations can be very important in the process of making new discoveries.

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have used four mutations to determine a gene that influences grain yield in grasses related […]

Study on bacterial diversity in milk aims to improve food safety

Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that fresh (or raw) milk transported by tanker truck for processing shows “amazing bacterial diversity,” which even varies by season.

Reported in mBio, the researchers explained that while microbes with the potential to cause disease are destroyed during milk pasteurization, not all bacteria and their associated enzymes […]