NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A research team from the China Agricultural University (CAU) last month reported the results of a genome-wide survey of wheat microRNAs, finding more than 300 novel miRNAs belonging to 276 families, with nearly 200 specific to the plant.

Notably, 64 miRNAs were found to be preferentially expressed in developing or germinating grains, suggesting they play key roles in their development and offering an avenue for further research into whether the small, non-coding RNAs can be manipulated to improve yield.

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