Tag Archives: Brachypodium distachyon

First member of the wheat and barley group of grasses is sequenced

First member of the wheat and barley group of grasses is sequenced

A few grass species provide the bulk of our food supply and new grass crops are being domesticated for sustainable energy and feedstock production. However there are significant barriers limiting crop improvement, such as a lack of knowledge of gene function and their large and complex genomes. Now, in the 11 February issue of Nature, [...]

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Grass roots research will help develop new energy crops

Grass roots research will help develop new energy crops

The John Innes Centre (JIC) has recently entered into a partnership with the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) to study the genome of the grass Brachypodium as part of the Joint Genome Institute’s Community Sequencing Programme. The genetic information from this project will be used as a template for analysing [...]

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