Lahore University of Management Sciences

From Weed to Wheat - Trying to Feed the World!

April 03, 2012

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SBASSE Faculty Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr. Aziz Mithani, Department of Biology

Date: Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Venue: Smart Room, LUMS

Wheat (Triticum aestivum) is one of the most important food crops and feeds more people than any other crop. We are using high-throughput sequencing and associated computational and statistical analyses to study the extent and precise nature of genetic variations that has led to the modern day bread wheat from wild grasses. We have identified over 120,000 new bases in the wheat transcriptome using partial sequences and next generation sequencing reads, and have identified genetic differences between wheat sub-genomes and the corresponding diploid progenitors.