The long term goal of this project is to decipher the chromosomal location and biological function of all genes in the wheat (Triticum spp.) genomes. This knowledge will greatly enhance our understanding of the biology of the wheat plant and create a new paradigm for the improvement of this exceedingly important crop. Moreover, because of the extensive genetic and metabolic conservation among species in the grass family, efforts to decipher gene function in wheat and its close allies will work synergistically with similar efforts in maize, rice, sorghum, and other crops in the grass family to arrive at a global understanding of the function, structure, and evolution of genomes.

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