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‘Shotgun’ method sifts through wheat genome

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To amp up wheat’s yield and nutritional content, scientists are unraveling the complex history hidden in its genome, which is five times the size of humans’.

The bread wheat genome is especially complex because bread wheat originated from three ancient grass species. Its genome is, therefore, a composite of three genomes.

“This work moves us one step closer to a comprehensive and highly detailed genome sequence for bread wheat, which along with rice and maize is one of the three pillars on which the global food supply rests,” says study author Jan Dvorak, professor of plant sciences at University of California, Davis.

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