Unlocking triticeae genomics to sustainably feed the future

Keiichi Mochida, Kazuo Shinozaki

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The tribe Triticeae includes the major crops wheat and barley. Within the last few years, the whole genomes of four Triticeae species - barley, wheat, Tausch's goatgrass (Aegilops tauschii) and wild einkorn wheat (Triticum urartu) - have been sequenced. The availability of these genomic resources for Triticeae plants and innovative analytical applications using next-generation sequencing technologies are helping to revitalize our approaches in genetic work and to accelerate improvement of the Triticeae crops. Comparative genomics and integration of genomic resources from Triticeae plants and the model grass Brachypodium distachyon are aiding the discovery of new genes and functional analyses of genes in Triticeae crops. Innovative approaches and tools such as analysis of next-generation populations, evolutionary genomics and systems approaches with mathematical modeling are new strategies that will help us discover alleles for adaptive traits to future agronomic environments. In this review, we provide an update on genomic tools for use with Triticeae plants and Brachypodium and describe emerging approaches toward crop improvements in Triticeae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1931-1950
Number of pages20
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Barley
  • Brachypodium
  • Crop improvement
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Triticeae
  • Wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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