Gene sequencing of weeds to speed up


Gene sequencing of weeds to speed up

Weed scientists across the globe are sequencing 10 new weed genomes as part of their new multi-faceted plan to reduce troublesome weeds.

The International Weed Genomics Consortium says it is committed to alter the world’s approach to weed control. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR) has awarded a 1-and-a-half Million dollar grant to the group to speed up its work. That amount is being matched by industry sponsors.

Corteva Agriscience will lead the genetic sequencing efforts. Michigan State University will provide a table of contents for each sequence, listing where specific genes are located.

Five weeds have already been sequenced including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and smooth pigweed.

Sequencing of nine other weeds is underway including horseweed and common morning glory.

The new funding will add 10 more weed species over three years, including annual ryegrass, johnsongrass and lambsquarters.