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Artificial chromosome map to aid grass research

A bacterial artificial chromosome -based physical, genetic and cytogenetic map of the Pooid wild grass, Brachyp o dium distachyon , has been published by an international group of researchers based at the UK’s John Innes Centre (Norwich, Norfolk). The map has been integrated with sequence data covering B distachyon’s 272 megabase genome. The new map will aid research to improve important crop, forage and turf species such as wheat, barley and ryegrass, the researchers say. Equivalent maps for other important grasses including rice, maize and sorghum are already available. Details of the study were published in the US journal, PLoS.

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