Updated guidelines for gene nomenclature in wheat

S. A. Boden, R. A. McIntosh, C. Uauy, Simon G. Krattinger, J. Dubcovsky, W. J. Rogers, X. C. Xia, E. D. Badaeva, A. R. Bentley, G. Brown-Guedira, M. Caccamo, L. Cattivelli, P. Chhuneja, J. Cockram, B. Contreras-Moreira, S. Dreisigacker, D. Edwards, F. G. González, C. Guzmán, T. M. IkedaI. Karsai, S. Nasuda, C. Pozniak, R. Prins, T. Z. Sen, P. Silva, H. Simkova, Y. Zhang, the Wheat Initiative

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Key message: Here, we provide an updated set of guidelines for naming genes in wheat that has been endorsed by the wheat research community. The last decade has seen a proliferation in genomic resources for wheat, including reference- and pan-genome assemblies with gene annotations, which provide new opportunities to detect, characterise, and describe genes that influence traits of interest. The expansion of genetic information has supported growth of the wheat research community and catalysed strong interest in the genes that control agronomically important traits, such as yield, pathogen resistance, grain quality, and abiotic stress tolerance. To accommodate these developments, we present an updated set of guidelines for gene nomenclature in wheat. These guidelines can be used to describe loci identified based on morphological or phenotypic features or to name genes based on sequence information, such as similarity to genes characterised in other species or the biochemical properties of the encoded protein. The updated guidelines provide a flexible system that is not overly prescriptive but provides structure and a common framework for naming genes in wheat, which may be extended to related cereal species. We propose these guidelines be used henceforth by the wheat research community to facilitate integration of data from independent studies and allow broader and more efficient use of text and data mining approaches, which will ultimately help further accelerate wheat research and breeding.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTheoretical and Applied Genetics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 23 2023

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-03-27
Acknowledgements: Open Access funding enabled and organized by CAUL and its Member Institutions. SAB is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC; FT210100810 and DP210103744); CU by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) through the Designing Future Wheat (BB/P016855/1) Institute Strategic Programme; SGK by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; JD and GBG by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture WheatCAP project (2022-68013-36439); WJR by UNCPBA Project 03/A215 and CONICET; EB by the Russian State Fund for Fundamental Research; ARB and SD by the Accelerating Genetic Gains in Maize and Wheat project (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, the United States Agency for International Development and the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research); MC by BBSRC (BBS/OS/NW/000016); LC by PRIMA (Partnership for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) project CerealMed (Enhancing Diversity in Mediterranean Cereal Farming Systems), PC by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India; JC by BBSRC (BB/P010741/1); BCM by PRIMA, Programación Conjunta Internacional, Programa Estatal de l + D + i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad (PCI2019-103526); DE by the ARC (DP210100296 and DP200100762); FG by the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA-PD-E3-I060) and Agencia Nacional de Promoción de la Investigacion, el Desarrollo y la Innovacion (PICT 2019-03256); CG by the European Social Fund and the Spanish State Research Agency (Ministry of Science and Innovation) through the Ramon y Cajal Program (RYC-2017-21891); TMI by the Japan National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO); IK by the Innovation and Technology Ministry of Hungary through the GINOP-2.3.2-15-2016-00029 project; SN by NBRP-Wheat, MEXT, Japan; CP by the 4D (Diversity, Domestication, Discovery and Delivery) Wheat project supported by Genome Canada; RP by the South African Winter Cereal Industry Trust; TS by the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (2030-21000-024-00D); PS by the Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA_L1_CS_39 and INIA_L1_CS_35) and Agencia Nacional de Investigación e Innovación (ANII) (PR_FSA_2009_1_1369, FSA_1_2013_1_12980, and FSA_1_2018_1_152918); HS by the European Regional Development Fund project "Plants as a tool for sustainable global development" (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000827). The authors thank members of the Triticeae community who have previously served on the Catalogue for Gene Symbols in Wheat. For the purpose of open access, the authors have applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology


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