BBC: Wheat genome's key parts unlocked in new study

28.11.2012

BBC news

Wheat genome's key parts unlocked in new study

Published on 28 November 2012 by Mark Kinver

 

Scientists have unlocked key parts of the complex genetic code of wheat, one of the world's most important crops, which could help improve food security.

The team hopes the data will accelerate the development of varieties more resilient to stresses, such as disease and drought, that cause crops to fail.

The 2012 wheat harvest was hit by extreme weather events around the globe, causing a sharp rise in prices.
 
Details of the findings have been published in the journal Nature.