Mapping the genome of Intermediate Wheatgrass (Kernza) followed by cross-referencing with the barley genome allows researchers to pinpoint genes involved in yield, flour quality, and other desirable traits.
Pennycress is a winter annual oilseed: planted in the fall, dormant over winter, flush of growth in spring, maturity and harvest in time to plant a late-spring crop of soybeans.
Photo: Kayla Altendorf, U of MN
Photo: The Land Institute, Salina, KS
Nanopore sequencing of the pennycress genome
Photos: M. David Marks, University of Minnesota
U of MN researchers are working on a wide variety of perennial grains, oilseed crops, winter annual cover crops, forages, woody perennials, and native prairie species.