Wheat Projects in Farm Journal
The spring issue of Farm Journal will highlight the Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project (Wheat CAP) and the Wheat Genome Sequencing Project, both funded by the NRI Plant Genome Program. The issue features researchers Jorge Dubcovsky, at the University of California at Davis, and Bikram Gill, at Kansas State University, who are leading complementary national initiatives to advance wheat genomics, genetics, and breeding to produce useful products for farmers. Dubcovsky leads a consortium of 20 public wheat breeding programs that rapidly introduces valuable genes into U.S. wheat varieties using a rapid-breeding technique called marker assisted selection. Gill leads a team of researchers accelerating development of a wheat physical map in partnership with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium. Wheat genome sequencing is advancing the discovery of new genes controlling disease resistance, grain quality, and yield contributing to the broad goal of helping developing countries increase productivity. The Wheat CAP grant ensures a rapid implementation of this technology across the United States, enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture producers.
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