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Wheat breeding companies benefit from new molecular tools

Copyright: Professor Keith Edwards, University of Bristol

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.

Data breakout

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.

Read the full impact evidence report:

Wheat breeding companies benefit from new molecular tools (PDF 905KB)

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