Wheat breeding companies benefit from new molecular tools
Wheat breeders and researchers in the UK, Europe and around the world are using a unique set of molecular markers developed by BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Bristol.
|5-fold||Efficiency increase seen by one company using the new markers|
|1.5m||Number of unique visits to CerealsDB website, where wheat data is published|
|£2Bn||Value of annual UK wheat harvest|
|2011||Start date of the BBSRC-funded Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme|
The researchers, led by Professor Keith Edwards, worked with companies KBioscience (now LGC) and Affymetrix (now owned by Thermo Fisher Scientific) to develop two new technologies; KASP markers and Axiom genotyping arrays. Together, these provide breeders with cost-efficient and effective tools that enable them to develop new wheat varieties better adapted to growing conditions and our changing environment.
In 2018, Edwards’ work on wheat genetics was recognised by the Rank Prize Fund as he and Professor Graham Moore at the John Innes Centre shared the 2018 Rank Prize for nutrition.
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