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India joins wheat genome project

India has joined the international consortium sequencing the wheat genome. The department of biotechnology has allocated Rs340 million ($6.8 million) to the project, reports Indian newspaper The Times of India. The work will be carried out by researchers from Punjab Agriculture University (Ludhiana), the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (New Delhi) and Delhi University who will focus on chromosome 2A of wheat’s 42 chromosome hexaploid genome. Other consortium members include Argentina, Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and the US. A complete sequence is expected within four years.

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