Media Kit - IWGSC Wheat Reference Genome Publication

Media Kit - IWGSC Wheat Reference Genome Publication

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published today in the international journal Science the first fully annotated reference genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop. 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.


1- The article presents the reference sequence of bread wheat. It is a detailed description of the DNA of the 21 wheat chromosomes.

2- The work is the result of 13 years of collaborative interdisciplinary research coordinated by the International Wheat genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC)

3- Having a reference sequence is essential for breeding more resilient wheat varieties to feed a growing world population and address food security in the context of climate change.


International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (2018). Shifting the limits in wheat research and breeding using a fully annotated reference genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 361(6403), eaar7191. doi:10.1126/science.aar7191

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Modification date: 16 August 2023 | Publication date: 11 February 2021 | By: ic