After 13 years, more than 200 scientists from around the world have finally sequenced the complex wheat genome.
That’s important, because it will allow for the more efficient development of new wheat varieties with bigger yields, better disease resistance and reduced drought tolerance.
Wheat breeder Curtis Pozniak and his team at the University of Saskatchewan played a key role.
“We’ve had a number of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that were training to be plant breeders working on the project and learning about the next generation of tools that will be coming for plant breeding.”
Pozniak compares the wheat genome sequencing process to solving a very large puzzle of a blue sky with only a few clouds.