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. […]

Scientists create genetic resource to improve wheat plants

A collection of wheat seeds with more than 10 million sequenced and carefully cataloged genetic mutations is now freely available to wheat breeders and researchers around the world. The resource is already aiding in the development of wheat plants with improved traits and according to scientists, will greatly accelerate the study of gene functions in […]

Project propels genomic sequencing of bread wheat

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) recently announced it has started a new project to speed up gene discovery in bread wheat. According to an article, 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 […]