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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