The WheatCAP project

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the WheatCAP consortium $10 million for research on wheat yield.

The overall goals for this project are the validation, characterization and deployment of QTL for grain yield components in wheat and the training of a new generation of plant breeders. The specific objectives of the project are to: 1) Characterize 15 QTL for grain yield and identify the underlying genes. 2) Validate the candidate genes using mutants and transgenic approaches.3) Deploy beneficial alleles in commercial varieties and advanced breeding lines. 4) Develop genomics tools to characterize the regulatory regions of the wheat genome. 5) Train a new cohort of 15 plant breeders, and make the training resources widely available.

This web portal will serve as the entry point to WheatCAP's products and services, provide periodic reports of its activities and publish job openings.

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Project Director: Jorge Dubcovsky
Dept. of Plant Sciences, One Shields Av.
University of California, Davis
Davis CA 95616-8515