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Japanese scientists have developed a new variety of self-fertile buckwheat

Buckwheat
Japan
Published Aug 13, 2023

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Researchers at Kyoto University have successfully sequenced the genome of buckwheat, a crop with increasing importance and potential to increase yield. By sequencing the genome, they hope to farm these less common food crops efficiently, which is important as the world's population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The sequencing also allowed researchers to modify specific genes and develop a self-fertile variety of buckwheat, as well as a new crop type with a sticky texture similar to mochi.
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And another one with sticky and sweet grits. High-precision sequencing of the genome of buckwheat varieties gives hope for increasing the yield of this crop with growing importance. With the world's population projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, the current global reliance on the three main crops - rice, wheat and corn - is spurring interest in less common food crops. Sequencing the genomes of these crops using next-generation sequencing technologies could enable them to be farmed efficiently, a critical step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wealth and Responsible Consumption and Production. . A research team led by the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University has deciphered the highly accurate sequence of the buckwheat genome at the chromosomal level, and this is a key step towards unraveling the evolution of the buckwheat genome and the origin of the cultivated crop, the researchers say in a university release. ...
Source: Agroxxi
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