Source: UC Davis

Thanks to a three-year $6.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UC Davis researchers are working on a groundbreaking plant genome project that could speed up the development of wheat varieties with improved grain quality and nutrition, higher yield, resistance to pests and diseases, and tolerance of adverse climate conditions.

Led by geneticist Jan Dvorak from the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, the project received the largest award from the NSF Plant Genome Program this year. It seeks to construct a physical map of one of the three genomes making up the chromosome complement of wheat