Why sequencing the wheat genome matters

October 6, 2016

Professor Rudi AppelsThe 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.

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ANDREW TAGGART October 12, 2016

Great work Rudi. So important to retain Murdoch's leadership in grains.

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