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Unfashionable crop species flourish in the 21st century

Wayne Powell1* and Peter Langridge2

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1 Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, UK

2 The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, School of Agriculture and Wine, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide, SA 5064, Australia

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Genome Biology 2004, 5:233  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-7-233

Published: 14 June 2004


Genome-level studies are contributing to a major renaissance in crop science. In wheat, there are now more than 500,000 expressed sequence tags, and these are being used in conjunction with specially designed deletion stocks to unravel patterns of genome evolution, recombination and polyploid genome behavior.