Crop Biotech Update

Crop Genomics to Help Feed the World

October 28, 2015

Dr. Ksenia Krasileva, Triticeae Genomics Group Leader at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), and her team are working on large-scale projects to make significant advances in global food security. Dr. Kasileva's team is analyzing an extremely large collection of wheat lines to identify novel resistance genes to various diseases and understand the mechanism of action of these genes.

According to Dr. Krasileva, they are comparing DNA sequences of wheat lines with the reference genome published last year, saying that they have an efficient way of identifying genes that are involved in a given line's relative disease resistance. This enables them to enrich the cultivated wheat gene pool with novel, economically important genes.

For more, read the news article at the TGAC website.