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01 September 2010

Wheat genome decoded to fight food shortage

Wheat production world-wide is under threat; but scientists have sequenced the entire wheat genome so crop breeders can then select key agricultural traits for breeding.

Wheat production world-wide is under threat from climate change and an increase in demand from a growing human population.

However, Liverpool scientists, in collaboration with the University of Bristol and the John Innes Centre, have sequenced the entire wheat genome and will make the DNA data available to crop breeders to help them select key agricultural traits for breeding.
 

The project, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), was undertaken at the University's Centre for Genomic Research. The facility is home to five next generation genome analysers, which can read DNA hundreds of times faster than the systems that were used to sequence the human genome.
 

 
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