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Wheat genome mapping complete

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There has been a revolutionary breakthrough in the genetic mapping of wheat.

It has been a very difficult project, according to scientists, because wheat has 21 chromosomes, 108,000 genes, 4 million molecular markers and 16 billion base pairs in the DNA. It is five times larger than the human genome.

Wheat is the most widely-cultivated crop on Earth. It provides more protein than meat in hilthe human diet, and contributes about a fifth of calories consumed by humans.

We discuss what this genomic mapping may lead to in the program below.

AUDIO: World of Agriculture 8-24-18