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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A new initiative aims to foster the genomic characterization of the 7 million crop accessions currently being stored at gene banks around the world.  

Called Diversity Seek, or DivSeek, the effort brings together gene banks, researchers, plant breeders, and big data experts, all of whom intend to use genomics to unlock crop diversity, ultimately leading to greater food security and sustainable agriculture.

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