Reference Number: 567
Nearly a century has been spent collecting and preserving genetic diversity in plants. Germplasm banks—living seed collections that serve as repositories of genetic variation—have been established as a source of genes for improving agricultural crops. Genetic linkage maps have made it possible to study the chromosomal locations of genes for improving yield and other complex traits important to agriculture. The tools of genome research may finally unleash the genetic potential of our wild and cultivated germplasm resources for the benefit of society.
Significance for a baker:
This paper looks into genetic diversity of plants, including wheat. Although not directly significant for a baker, this research gives a good understanding of the way that technology in genetics can directly affect agriculture and, therefore, the flour you bake with.