Why sequencing the wheat genome matters October 6, 2016 The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) is a collaborative project doing for agriculture what the human genome sequencing project is delivering for medicine. Murdoch University Professor Rudi Appels is one of six co-chairs of IWGSC and his team is working on sequencing chromosome 7A, one of 21 chromosomes in wheat. In an interview with EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource, Professor Appels explains how the research will eventually lead to improved wheat varieties with important agricultural traits, such as yield increase, stress response and disease resistance. He also discusses how researchers can fulfill their obligation to international collaborators to share this data, and what infrastructure and skills are needed before farmers can reap the benefits. To read the full interview, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research, agriculture Tags: australia bioinformatics resource, international wheat genome sequencing consortium, iwgsc, rudi appels, wheat chromosone 7A, wheat genome Comments (One response) ANDREW TAGGART October 12, 2016 Great work Rudi. So important to retain Murdoch's leadership in grains. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!