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Is big news in agriculture. Today's. Scientists have sequenced the genome for wheat, which is big deal because the wheat genome is barely a beast just genetically like big. So it's a great science story, but it's got huge economic implications as well. Think crops and food and feeding a hungry planet marketplace's jed Kim has that one. We is the most widely planted cereal crop fighting about a fifth of the calories humans eat. But while our population is growing land isn't John fellers is a wheat molecular biologist for the US department of agriculture or just trying to feed the population is facing us, and we've got to be able to improve the way that we increase the yield. Potential of these lines plans to use less water grow more product, or tolerate salty or soils. Developing new week takes time. However, usually more than ten years, having a mapped sequence could cut in half how long it takes to get the commodity to market, and it can make the crop more attractive since the early two thousands, many farmers have ditched wheat to grow better moneymakers. Like corn, Kelly ever. Soul is executive director of the international group that did the sequencing. There's not any profitability from an industry standpoint in wheat because they're one off these advanced tools. The sequenced genome will also speed development of genetically modified wheat, but global resistance to GMO's may put a check on that kind of investment. Jason lust teaches agricultural economics at Purdue. There is worry about how our trading partners may respond, whether they'll they'll accept we that's been produced with some of these technologies right now, there are no commercial lines of GMO wheat on the market.

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