New perspective paper on genomics and plant breeding is out in Current Opinion in Plant Biology. Breeding assisted genomics is the concept of shifting effort for basic genomic studies from dedicated structured populations, to capturing the entire scope of genetic determinants in breeding lines. By doing this we can move towards not only furthering our understanding of functional genomics in plants, but also rapidly improving crops for increased food security, availability and nutrition.
We are launching a new partnership with General Mills to apply genomic selection for targeted improvement of wheat quality. In this project, we will implement focused approaches for characterizing and improving milling and baking qualities in wheat, combined with improving its nutritional quality. Read more about this exciting new project.