International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Welcome

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) is an international, collaborative consortium, established in 2005 by a group of wheat growers, plant scientists, and public and private breeders. The vision of the IWGSC is a high quality genome sequence of bread wheat that serves as a foundation for the accelerated development of improved varieties and that empowers all aspects of basic and applied wheat science.

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18 December 2023

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Wheat Sequencing Consortium Awarded NSF Grant to Mine Wheat Diversity for Food Security

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) is starting a two-year project, with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to mine an untapped genetic resource for wheat improvement by sequencing the genomes of ancient varieties representing the worldwide diversity of bread wheat.
The IWGSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Dreisigacker and Rajeev Varshney as new Board members of the organization.
The first comprehensive book about the most complex plant genome – the Wheat Genome – is now out and available in open access.
The wheat reference genome sequence (IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 & v2.1) has provided a foundation that has propelled recent advances in research and improvement of wheat. For the Structural and Functional Genomics Workshop, continued advances in research and understanding will require new experimental and computational approaches to structurally identify and assign function to genes (both coding and non-coding) as well as regulatory elements and epigenetic states. Accordingly, abstracts submitted for this workshop should focus on genome-scale studies that improve understanding of wheat genome function through the development of additional data resources, computational and experimental studies, exploration of gene families and pathways, and platforms that facilitate annotation and visualization.

The IWGSC at PAG31

26 January 2024
IWGSC Workshop at PAG 2024
The IWGSC has led the effort to develop a high quality, reference sequence of the large, complex (hexaploid), bread wheat genome: IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 and...
02 February 2024
IWGSC - From Structural to Functional Wheat Genomics Workshop at PAG 2024
The wheat reference genome sequence (IWGSC RefSeq v1.0 & v2.1) has provided a foundation that has propelled recent advances in research and improvement...
02 February 2024
IWGSC business meeting at PAG 2024
The IWGSC Business Meeting at PAG31 was held on Saturday 13 January from 6:20 to 7:30pm in Palm 7.
26 January 2024
PAG 2024 Speaker Profiles
The following scientist presented their research at the IWGSC Workshops at PAG31
07 November 2023
Carolyn Mukiri
Carolyn Mukiri was awarded the IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award and will receive her award at the Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG)...

Webinars

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20 February 2024

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Webinar: Plant Phenotyping – Technologies and Targets

On 13 March 2024, the IWGSC will organize a webinar in collaboration with the Phytobiomes Alliance, entitled "Plant Phenotyping – Technologies and Targets" presented by Uli Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
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05 February 2024

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Event: Passion – Purpose – Persistence | A conversation with Camellia Moses Okpodu

On 29 February 2024, join us for a conversation with Camellia Moses Okpodu on her experience as a woman in STEM, the challenges she faced through her career and how she overcame them through Passion, Purpose, and Persistence.
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07 December 2023

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Webinar: Insight Into Wheat Spike and Grain Development by Learning From Natural Variation And Chemically-Induced Mutants

On 7 December 2023, the IWGSC organized a webinar entitled "Insight Into Wheat Spike and Grain Development by Learning From Natural Variation And Chemically-Induced Mutants" presented by Andy Chen, John Innes Centre, UK

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10 January 2024

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Daicel Arbor Biosciences

Since 2018, the IWGSC and Daicel Arbor Biosciences have had a fruitful partnership that led to the release of several tools for crop breeding and genomics based on the Chinese Spring wheat genome reference sequence generated by the IWGSC (IWGSC RefSeq) – including the myBaits® Expert Wheat Exome and a capture panel for promoters and other regulatory elements. Daicel Arbor Biosciences has been a sponsor of the IWGSC since 2020. We are very grateful for their continuous support and are pleased to count this innovative company as our sponsor.
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07 November 2023

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Carolyn Mukiri

Carolyn Mukiri was awarded the IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award and will receive her award at the Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego, California (USA) in January 2024. Carolyn also received a travel stipend to allowed her to travel to the PAG conference to present a talk during the IWGSC main workshop on Saturday 13 January 2024.
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07 November 2023

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Kellye Eversole

Kellye Eversole has been at the helm of the IWGSC since its inception in 2005 and has been instrumental in all developments and successes of the consortium, relentlessly advocating and pursuing the vison and ultimate goal of the consortium to develop genomic tools to advance wheat research and breeding.
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16 August 2023

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The Bread Wheat Genome Sequence - A Tool for Breeders to Improve Wheat and Contribute to Food Security

Why is it important to have a high quality sequence of bread wheat?

Milestone Publications

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20 November 2023

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The Wheat Genome book is out

The first comprehensive book about the most complex plant genome – the Wheat Genome – is now out and available in open access.
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16 August 2023

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Reference Sequence of Bread Wheat

In August 2018, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published the first fully annotated reference genome of bread wheat in the journal Science. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.
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16 August 2023

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Reference Sequence of Chromosome 3B

The first reference sequence for the largest wheat chromosome, 3B, was published in Science in July 2014 - in the same special issue were the draft sequence was published. This major achievement established a proof of concept and a template for sequencing the remaining chromosomes.
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16 August 2023

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Physical Map of Chromosome 3B

The physical map of the wheat largest chromosome, 3B, was published in Science in October 2008, paving the way to sequence the 17–billion–base-pair hexaploid bread wheat genome.
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16 August 2023

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Chromosome-specific BAC libraries

Reference article on wheat chromosome sorting for BAC library construction.