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UK team releases genome sequence of a globally important wheat variety

Modern wheat varieties carry a wide range of different genes associated with important traits, such as increased yield and disease resistance. It is impossible to capture all of these genes with a single genome sequence so additional genome sequences are required. Sequencing multiple wheat genomes allow for a more complete complement of wheat genes to be identified, particularly genes that are present in only a subset of individuals or are unique to one variety.

NIAB expands data science research capabilities with new appointment

Dr Zhou will collaborate with research groups and companies in the UK, Europe and China to spearhead big data- based solutions in the areas of crop imaging, crop phenomics and AI-based analysis to underpin the digital transition underway in the agricultural sector.

Both science and industry require new methodologies for crop phenotyping and phenotypic analysis, alongside IoT (Internet of Things) smart sensor and AI-based solutions, to address big data challenges within the global food security agenda.


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