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Welsh University Gains $2.5M for Ryegrass Genome Map

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at Aberystwyth University in the UK will use a grant of £1.6 million ($2.5 million) from the British government to develop a physical map of the ryegrass genome.

The funding for the project is from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council with additional support from Germinal Holdings, Syngenta, and ViaLactia Biosciences.

The research on the ryegrass genome will be conducted by the Crop Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding Division at the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), the University said.

Aberystwyth Professor Ian Armstead said in a statement that the research "will lead to a greater understanding of the similarities and differences in makeup between the genomes of the related grass and cereal species, including wheat, oats and barley, upon which we depend for food security."

Armstead also said that the research connects ongoing BBSRC-funded studies conducted at IBERS aimed at "developing and aligning gene-based molecular markers across the range of important UK grasses and cereals."

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