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Our response to Covid-19

We at NIAB understand that we play an important role in supporting agricultural businesses and food production, both in 2020 and in the future, and we would like to update you on our response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation. Having celebrated our Centenary last year and realising the trials and tribulations of the last 100 years, we are confident that we have the resilience to ride this storm.

Wanted: yellow and brown rust samples for UKCPVS

Many thanks to all who sent in samples of yellow and brown rust to the UKCPVS project in 2019. And we are now looking for samples for this year.

For the coming season it is important to continue to submit samples while ensuring that government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak are met. We would like to reassure everyone that samples are still being processed at NIAB, and that testing procedures should be continuing as planned, with staff working in new ways to ensure delivery.

UK team releases genome sequence of a globally important wheat variety

Modern wheat varieties carry a wide range of different genes associated with important traits, such as increased yield and disease resistance. It is impossible to capture all of these genes with a single genome sequence so additional genome sequences are required. Sequencing multiple wheat genomes allow for a more complete complement of wheat genes to be identified, particularly genes that are present in only a subset of individuals or are unique to one variety.

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