NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix and the UK's University of Bristol have partnered to develop a wheat genotyping array to be used in efforts to study wheat genetics and in breeding programs, Affymetrix said today.

The partners developed the Axiom Wheat Array, which consists of 817,000 markers, as part of the Wheat Improvement Strategic Program (WISP). The goal of the WISP initiative, which is funded by the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Research Council, is to create novel wheat germplasm and to expand genetic variation in elite wheat cultivars.

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