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NRGene Decodes Complete Genome of Emmer Wheat

August 5, 2015

NRGene, a computational genomic company based in Israel, has mapped the complete genome of emmer wheat. This breakthrough will accelerate global research on crop development.

According to Assaf Distelfeld of Tel Aviv University (TAU), primary researcher of the project, decoding the emmer wheat's genome will help scientists to identify important genes from the crop and introduce them to commercial wheat varieties. This will lead to hardier varieties across environmental conditions, which will help attain food security.

NRGene used their DeNovoMAGIC assembler to create long genome sequences, covering 90 percent of the genome.

Read the original article at Seed World.