ERA-CAPS funded project makes important contribution to crop production
Based on a novel method developed by Earlham Institute, UK, the international research team of project INTREPID (Investigating Triticeae Epigenomes for Domestication), which is funded by the ERA-Net for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences (ERA-CAPS), has uncovered the hidden genetic secrets that give wheat its remarkable ability for local adaptation - revealing a previously untapped resource for breeding better, more resilient wheat.
Group Leader Professor Anthony Hall says: "We are very proud of our groundbreaking piece of fundamental work indicating that DNA methylation offers a broad and stable source of variation for wheat breeders. Our next step is to translate this fundamental work on DNA methylation to a technology that is transformative, relevant and accessible to wheat breeders for the development of new cultivars."
The research findings are described in the paper 'Hidden variation in polyploid wheat drives local adaptation' which is published in Genome Research.
More information can be found on the ERA-CAPS website