Genome map will help breeders develop better wheat varieties

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An international team of researchers has mapped the wheat genome, a breakthrough that breeders say will make their work more efficient as they unlock the mysteries of which genes impact traits such as yield or resistance to disease.

More than 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in the International Wheat Genome Research Consortium published an article in the international journal Science including a detailed description of the complete bread wheat genome.

The genome is the complete set of an organism’s DNA — the building blocks that create all of its traits. Knowing the structure of the genome will help researchers understand which genes — or combinations of genes — express various traits.

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