Opinion Exploiting genomics to improve the benefits of wheat: Prospects and limitations

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Shewry, P. R., Lovegrove, A., Wingen, L. U. and Griffiths, S. 2022. Opinion Exploiting genomics to improve the benefits of wheat: Prospects and limitations. Journal of Cereal Science. 105, p. 10344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2022.103444

AuthorsShewry, P. R., Lovegrove, A., Wingen, L. U. and Griffiths, S.
Abstract

Conventional breeding has been immensely successful in increasing crop production to meet the demands of the growing global population, particularly for wheat where production has increased by over threefold over the last 60 years without a significant increase in the area of land used. However, the pace of improvement by conventional breeding is slow and limited by the range of variation present in wheat and species with which it can be crossed. Genomics can be defined as “an interdisciplinary field of biology focusing on the structure, function, evolution, mapping, and editing of genomes” (Wikipedia). As such it has the potential to revolutionise crop improvement, by accelerating the rate of progress and increasing the range of variation that is available. Despite this potential, progress in the application of biotechnology to improve wheat has been slow, particularly when applied to the quality of the grain for processing and nutrition. We will therefore consider the reasons for this and identify priorities for future research.

KeywordsWheat; Biotechnology; Health; Genomics; Molecular breeding
Year of Publication2022
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Journal citation105, p. 10344
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2022.103444
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDesigning Future Wheat WP2.2
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online01 Mar 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted25 Feb 2022
PublisherAcademic Press Ltd- Elsevier Science Ltd
ISSN0733-5210

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