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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.
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28 November 2023

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The IWGSC Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

The IWGSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Dreisigacker and Rajeev Varshney as new Board members of the organization.
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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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26 January 2024

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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 annotation v1.1 as well as IWGSC RefSeq v2.1 and accompanying annotation. This year, the IWGSC has embarked on a new wheat diversity project to bring the reference sequence to platinum quality and to sequence landraces that reflect the breadth of wheat diversity. In the IWGSC workshop this year, presentations will include site-directed mutagenesis with genome editing, homoeolog expression bias inheritance in wheat, small RNAs, sequencing of mutations in wheat promoters, and the platinum quality sequence of Svevo with the tetraploid wheat pangenome. As usual, the workshop also includes the presentation of the Catherine Feuillet & IWGSC Early Career Award and travel stipend to Carolyn Mukiri Kambona who will speak about how memory of past drought stress affects plant responses. This award is given to a young scientist nominated by anyone in the wheat community and selected by the IWGSC leadership in recognition of outstanding achievement.
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02 February 2024

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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 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.
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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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18 October 2023

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Call for Abstracts – IWGSC workshop speakers at PAG 2024

Abstracts for proposed talks are now being accepted by the IWGSC for individuals who would like to present their work at one of the IWGSC workshops that will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference 31 (12-17 January 2024, San Diego, CA, USA).
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18 October 2023

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Call for IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award – PAG 2024

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award. The recipient will speak at the Main IWGSC workshop that will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference 31 in January 2024.
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16 August 2023

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More than 90 BAC libraries of Chinese Spring wheat are available for the scientific community at CNRGV

The French Plant Genomic Resources Center (CNRGV, INRAE, France) is the official repository center for the IWGSC BAC libraries.
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16 August 2023

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2022 Year in Review

A round-up of the IWGSC activities in 2022.
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16 August 2023

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Updated Promoter Capture Now Available

A new improved and expanded regulatory capture panel for promoters and other regulatory elements in wheat is now available from Daicel Arbor Biosciences.
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16 August 2023

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IWGSC Workshop at PAG 2023

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 annotation v1.1 as well as the recently released IWGSC RefSeq v2.1 and accompanying annotation. The release of the IWGSC reference sequence of Chinese spring in 2017 has led to significant advances in wheat genomics. This year's workshop will include presentations related to long-read sequencing, epigenomics, genebank genetic profiling, photoperiodic response, and the Einkorn genome toolbox. As usual, the workshop also includes the presentation of the Catherine Feuillet & IWGSC Early Career Award and travel stipend to Daniela Miller who will speak about using high-fidelity long-read sequencing to identify structural variants in soft winter wheat. This award is given to a young scientist nominated by anyone in the wheat community and selected by the IWGSC leadership in recognition of outstanding achievement.
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16 August 2023

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IWGSC From Structural to Functional Wheat Genomics Workshop at PAG 2023

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.
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07 November 2023

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Daniela Miller

Daniela Miller was awarded the IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award and received her award at the Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) in San Diego, California (USA) in January 2023. Daniela 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 14 January 2023.
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16 August 2023

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Call for IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award – PAG 2023

Submissions are now CLOSED - Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious IWGSC and Catherine Feuillet Early Career Award for the Main IWGSC workshop that will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference 30 in January 2023
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16 August 2023

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Call for abstracts - IWGSC Workshops at PAG 2023

Abstract submission is now CLOSED - Abstracts for proposed talks are now being accepted by the IWGSC for individuals who would like to present their work at one of the IWGSC workshops that will be held at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference 30 (13-18 January 2023, San Diego, CA, USA).
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16 August 2023

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2022/06 Around Farm Progress podcast

Pushing ahead with gene editing - The Around Farm Progress podcast digs into the latest plant breeding tools
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16 August 2023

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Data from Turkish elite cultivar Sonmez now available at URGI

Data from the reference sequence of the Turkish elite cultivar Sonmez generated by Hikmet Budak, Ani Akpinar, Sezgi Bıyıklıoğlu, and Valérie Barbe (Montana BioAg.Inc, USA and Genoscope, France) are now available to download at URGI in open access.
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16 August 2023

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IWGSC workshop at PAG Asia 2022

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 most recently IWGSC RefSeq v2.1 and annotation v2.1. This year's workshop will include presentations highlighting advances that have been made possible by the completion of the reference sequence and other genomic resources for wheat.
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16 August 2023

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2021 Annual Report

2021 was another year impacted by disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting our ability to travel and connect at meetings. Nevertheless, we were able to make progress in some of our activities and projects, providing more genomic tools and resources for the community.