‘Genomic atlas’ a boon for wheat breeders

‘Genomic atlas’ a boon for wheat breeders
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An international team of nearly 100 researchers led by the University of Saskatchewan has sequenced the genomes for 15 wheat varieties.

“By having many complete gene assemblies available, we can now help solve the huge puzzle that is the massive wheat pan-genome and usher in a new era for wheat discovery and breeding,” said project leader Curtis Pozniak, director of USask’s Crop Development Centre.

The first wheat genome was fully sequenced in 2018, but having 15 will allow for more precise breeding by allowing breeders to identify genes linked to in-demand traits, which will accelerate breeding efficiency.

The 10+ Genome study is part of a larger effort to generate thousands of genome sequences of wheat, including those of wheat’s wild relatives.

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