Canadian Grain Commission researchers help unlock genetic code for 15 wheat varieties

first_imgCanadian Grain Commission researchers help unlock genetic code for 15 wheat varieties From: Canadian Grain CommissionResearchers from the Grain Research Laboratory have helped unlock the genetic code for 15 wheat varieties. This landmark discovery will allow scientists and breeders to improve the yield, disease resistance and nutritional quality of wheat crops.The project was a major international effort and was led by Dr. Curtis Pozniak at the University of Saskatchewan. Canadian Grain Commission researcher and microbiology program manager, Dr. Sean Walkowiak, is a primary author of the report on the discovery, Multiple Wheat Genomes Reveal Global Variation in Modern Breeding , published in the journal Nature. Dr. Bin Xiao Fu, manager of the Canadian Grain Commission’s Bread wheat and durum research program, also contributed to the project by comparing the wheat cultivars from global breeding programs.By mapping multiple wheat genomes, scientists now have a better understanding of the extensive genetic diversity available in wheat that can be used to accelerate the improvement of wheat production and quality in Canada and around the world.Quotes“The genome resources developed from this project will bring a major boost to wheat research and breeding, both in Canada and internationally.”Dr. Sean Walkowiak, primary author and Program manager, MicrobiologyCanadian Grain Commission“We would like to congratulate the University of Saskatchewan on achieving this breakthrough in agricultural science. This landmark discovery will accelerate the creation of better varieties, while supporting sustainable wheat production and increasing profitability for Canadian wheat producers.”Doug Chorney, Acting Chief CommissionerCanadian Grain CommissionQuick factsLed by the University of Saskatchewan, the 10+ Wheat Genome Project is a global partnership that involves nearly 100 scientists from universities and institutes in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Israel, Australia and the United States.Wheat currently provides about 20% of human caloric intake globally. It’s estimated that wheat production must increase by more than 50 percent over current levels by 2050 to meet an increasing global demand.The bread wheat genome is 5 times larger than the human genome and is one of the most complex genomes among crops. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, breakthrough, Canada, Commission, Commissioner, Germany, Government, Israel, Japan, Mexico, microbiology, Saudi Arabia, sustainable, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, universitylast_img

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