International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium is an international group of plant scientists and growers dedicated to sequencing the wheat genome to enhance our knowledge of the structure and function of the wheat genome.

By increasing researchers’ understandings of wheat’s genetic material, scientists and breeders will be able to accelerate and even reduce the cost of wheat improvement.

The overarching goal of the IWGSC is to develop a high-quality, manually-annotated genome sequence that is anchored to the genetic and phenotypic maps.

The Consortium is committed to ensuring that the sequence of the wheat genome and the resulting DNA-based tools are available for all to use without restriction.

The wheat industry strongly encourages USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to prioritize participating in the international work toward completing the sequencing of the wheat genome by supporting work on the chromosomes assigned to U.S. scientists.

Funding for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Regional Molecular Genotyping Laboratories is also crucial to apply new genomics information and DNA molecular marker technologies in the improvement of wheat.

The wheat industry also supports the development of new methods to identify and validate genetic traits and to rapidly integrate these traits into market-ready wheat varieties.

Learn more about the effort to sequence the wheat genome at the Consortium’s website.