Genomic prediction enables rapid selection of high-performing genets in an intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) breeding program

Jared Crain, Lee DeHaan & Jesse Poland
In an era of constrained and depleted natural resources, perennial grains could provide sustainable food production in addition to beneficial ecosystem services like reduced erosion and increased atmospheric carbon capture. One such perennial, intermediate wheatgrass (IWG; Thinopyrum intermedium) has been undergoing continuous breeding for domestication and improvement to develop a perennial grain crop since the 1980’s. However, as a perennial species, IWG has required 2-5 years per selection generation. Therefore, starting in 2017 genomic selection...
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