NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium will receive roughly €1 million ($1.4 million) from Bayer CropScience over the next six months to complete a wheat genome sequencing and mapping project.

The IWGSC said today it will use the funds to develop complete physical maps for all 21 wheat chromosomes. This project will lay the foundation for a complete reference sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat genome, which should be completed by 2016 or 2017.

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