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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01 May 2024

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2023 Annual Report

A round-up of the IWGSC activities in 2023.
The IWGSC is looking for a Genome Curation Intern to join an international research project performing large-scale genome sequencing of common bread wheat. This will be a 10- week paid internship with a competitive salary. The start and end dates are flexible, preferably May-August 2024. Remote work is a possibility. Deadline for application: Friday 26 April 2024.
Abstracts for proposed talks are now being accepted by the IWGSC for individuals who would like to present their work at the IWGSC workshop that will be held during the Plant and Animal Genome Conference Australia (18-20 September 2024, Perth, Australia). Deadline: 31 May 2024, 23:59 US Eastern Time
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.

Webinars

17 June 2024

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Comparative wheat phosphoproteome profiling pinpoints high temperature-associated breeding markers

On 17 October 2024, the IWGSC will organize a webinar in which Ive De Smet (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE) will talk about "Comparative wheat phosphoproteome profiling pinpoints high temperature-associated breeding markers"

20 June 2024

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Enhancing Crop Resilience: Genomic Insights and Novel Sources of Disease Resistance in Winter Wheat

On 20 June 2024, the IWGSC organized a webinar in which Sandip Kale (Aarhus University, DK) talked about "Enhancing Crop Resilience: Genomic Insights and Novel Sources of Disease Resistance in Winter Wheat"

10 April 2024

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GrainGenes: A Centralized Nexus for Small Grains Data and Communities

On 4 April 2024, the IWGSC organized a webinar in which Taner Sen (USDA-ARS, USA) presented the latest updates from GrainGenes, the US Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service flagship database.

Zoom On

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

16 August 2023

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Chromosome-specific BAC libraries

Reference article on wheat chromosome sorting for BAC library construction.