Scientists Unlock the Code for Breeding Better Peas
Peas have risen to a place of prominence in the plant-based food and beverage arenas due to their versatility and reliable yields. They also have become a valuable rotational crop due to their ability to improve the soil without the addition of chemical fertilizers.
These benefits make understanding the genetic makeup of the crop an imperative, and research is now discovering high-quality reference genomes that give insight to the crops’ domestication and help accelerate its genetic improvement.
An international research team has applied next-generation sequencing technology to discover exactly how peas have evolved, revealing a better understanding of the pea’s genome architecture and identifying variations of 118 cultivated and wild pea genotypes.
Plant breeders can use this information to develop new genetically optimized pea varieties with improved traits, including heightened drought and frost tolerance, that can help improve food security.