NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international group of scientists expects that by 2012 it will complete the sequencing of the barley genome, a program that could potentially increase survival and yield of the crop.
 
The effort to sequence the barley genome includes eight institutions in the US, Australia, Japan, Finland, Germany, and the UK, which together make up the International Barley Sequencing Consortium.
 

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