Kansas State University researcher Bikram Gill is part of an international team of researchers that developed a physical map of wheat's wild ancestor, Aegilops tauschii, commonly called goatgrass. It's the first huge step toward sequencing the wheat genome - a complete look at wheat's genetic matter. The work, which has been published in the April 22 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), showed among other things, that most resistance genes seem to lie at the ends of chromosomes and can be easily accessed. The findings can lead to breeding of more productive and sustainable wheat varieties.
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