Biotech Updates

Genomes of 418 Canola Varieties Identify Genes for Yield Improvement

June 1, 2022

An international research team has successfully unraveled the genomes of 418 unique samples of rapeseed from different geographical locations across the globe to identify traits for improved crop yield. The research is a four-year collaboration among scientists from Australia, China, and the United States.

The researchers were able to identify the genes behind 56 traits that were modified during rapeseed improvement. Professor Jacqueline Batley, from the University of Western Australia's (UWA) School of Biological Sciences and The UWA Institute of Agriculture, said rapeseed, also known as canola, is the second most important oil-producing crop worldwide, so breeders are looking for ways to generate plants with desired traits that will allow minimum crop losses and increase crop yields.

For more details, read the news article on the UWA website.

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