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Wheat Initiative views GMO tools as “critical”

Genetic engineering through mutation, genome editing and transformation is a critical tool for the identification and characterisation of wheat genes and has the potential to generate new genetic variation that will be valuable in breeding new cultivars. That is the opinion of the Wheat Initiative, established in 2011 as part of the Action Plan of the G20 Ministries of Agriculture. As part of its strategic research agenda, it calls for international co-ordination of well-characterised TILLING (Targeted Induced Local Lesions in Genomes) populations, and research programmes to allow full implementation of gene and genome editing technologies.

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