U of S crop scientists help crack the wheat genome code
By University of Saskatchewan
The journal Science published the highest quality genome sequence produced to date for the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring, which would lead to further innovation in wheat breeding and improving the crop.
Wheat is one of the world’s most widely planted cereal, but with a genome five times larger than the human genome, it has been difficult to improve. The published research provides a clearer picture of the wheat genome, allowing for wheat geneticists to search for genes that could boost wheat harvests more easily. Some wheat geneticists have been given early access to the research and speak to what a difference it’s made already in their research.
- A balancing act – improving pre-harvest sprouting tolerance in wheat and barely without hampering spring germination or the malting process.