International Study Decodes the Genome of 15 Wheat VarietiesDecember 9, 2020
A landmark discovery for genomes of 15 wheat varieties which represents breeding around the world has been sequenced by an international group of scientists led by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).
According to Curtis Pozniak, Director of USask Crop Development Center (CDC), the discovery is "like finding the missing pieces on your favorite puzzle that you have been working on for decades." This piece of the missing puzzle will enable scientists and breeders to identify integral genes for better yield, pest resistance, and other important crop traits that are essential in producing and accelerating its yield. Furthermore, the discovery will not only aid in providing knowledge to reach a better yield but also help scientists around the world on how to control new pests and diseases that can be detrimental to wheat.
The research team conducted a comparative analysis of the genomes and found massive structural rearrangements, with gene contents that are far from the wild relatives' caused by complex breeding throughout history to improve the wheat traits.
"Understanding a causal gene like this is a game-changer for breeding because you can select for pest resistance more efficiently by using a sample DNA test than by manual field testing," concludes Pozniak.
You might also like:
- Study Shows Drought Tolerant HB4 Wheat Compositionally Equivalent to Non-GM Wheat
- Argentina First in the World to Approve Drought Tolerant HB4® Wheat
- Rain-resistant Wheat Developed Using Genome Editing
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- International Study Decodes the Genome of 15 Wheat Varieties
- International Animal Biotech Webinars Wrap Up for 2020
- ISAAA Webinar: Global Status of Biotech Crops and the Philippine Adoption Experience
- Locust Genome Could Help Find Solutions to Pest's Swarming Behavior
- International Research Team Publishes Barley Pan-Genome
- Filipino Researchers Develop Motion Tracker for Eggplant's Most Vicious Pest
- Biotech Maize Area in Vietnam Expands to 92,000 Hectares
- Research Team Discovers Strategy to Make Plants More Salt Tolerant
- Ectopic Expression of a Grape Nitrate Transporter Boosts Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Arabidopsis
- GM Birch Tree Study Shows Promising Results Against Insect Herbivores
- Two Studies Reveal Retron's Function and its Genome-editing Potential
- COVID-19 Test Uses CRISPR and Smartphone Camera
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (November 22, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (November 15, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: