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Defeating Ug99 Wheat Stem Rust

Walter Messier of Evolutionary Genomics, Inc. in the U.S. will discover genes in wheat that underlie resistance to Ug99 stem rust by looking for genes that have evolutionary signatures of adaptation. The strategy involves high quality sequencing of RNA from close wild relatives of wheat and doing a comparative analysis, looking for genes under positive selection.

More information about Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market (Round 8)

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