Bread for the world - wheat genome fully mapped


A thirteen-year scientific effort has culminated in a paper published in the journal ‘Science’: over 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in 20 countries joined forces to map the genome of bread wheat. Researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben also played a leading role. It is hoped that the findings will open up new prospects for feeding the world’s population.

The sequence published in ‘Science’ is the first nearly complete reference genome of wheat – a key tool for understanding, researching or improving the grain.