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The goat grass genome’s role in wheat improvement

The recently published reference genome of Aegilops tauschii provides new insights into the originator of the D genome donor of hexaploid wheat. This will be a foundation for exploring the genomic diversity underpinning adaptive traits in wheat, and ultimately advance wheat improvement efforts.

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Fig. 1: Evolutionary history of bread wheat and the development of synthetic hexaploid wheat for wheat improvement.

T. urartu and T. turgidum, Bon Appetit / Alamy Stock Photo; T. aestivum, Simon Colmer / Alamy Stock Photo; Ae. tauschii, blickwinkel / Alamy Stock Photo; Ae. speltoides, WILDLIFE GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo; Synthetic wheat, Zahid Mahmood.


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The authors thank R. A. McIntosh, University of Sydney, for the critical review of the manuscript. We acknowledge financial support from Wheat Molecular Design Program (2016YFD0101802) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (31550110212).

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Rasheed, A., Ogbonnaya, F.C., Lagudah, E. et al. The goat grass genome’s role in wheat improvement. Nature Plants 4, 56–58 (2018).

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