ROGERS William john
congresos y reuniones científicas
Catalogue of gene symbols for wheat
Simposio; 12th International Wheat Genetics Symposium; 2013
Institución organizadora:
Yokohama City University
This 2013 edition of the Catalogue of Gene Symbols for Wheat represents 45 years of curation of wheat genetic information which began with my appointment as Curator at the Third International Wheat Genetics Symposium held in Canberra, Australia, in 1968. Prior to that time there was a reference catalogue of 17 pages {047} published in Agronomy Journal. The current Catalogue exceeds 400 pages of information and references. The objective of this Catalogue is to have a document that is helpful to a wide range of people, from ?coal-face? researchers to extension workers, and even farmers. Different sections of the Catalogue were prepared in different ways and a major challenge for our Japanese colleagues has been to continue to evolve the database as new information became available and as older material became less relevant. Consensus maps are not yet adequately integrated with the Catalogue. As we adapt to the increasing universality of genetics across species, we must not lose track of our agricultural background and the fact that our main target organism is polyploid wheat. Farmers grow wheat! Annual supplements continue to be published in Annual Wheat Newsletter as well as displayed on the GrainGenes and Komugi websites. In the future it may be possible to update the entire database on an annual basis. I acknowledge the contributions of past members of the curation team, especially Drs Yukiko Yamazaki, Gary Hart, Mike Gale and Katrien Devos, as well as others, who from time to time helped with sectional revisions. Curators tend to do their best work on sections with which they are most familiar. In order to encompass the full breadth of wheat genetics and to present data in the best way, the suggestions and advice of all wheat workers are appreciated and suggested revision to any section are always welcome. I thank the University of Sydney and the Director of the Plant Breeding Institute, Professor Peter Sharp, for allowing me to continue to work in an honorary capacity. My usual request for advice on the Catalogue (your catalogue!) is as imperative as in the past. Please advise omissions, errors, typos so we can fix them and your suggestions on better ways to provide and display wheat genetics information will always be welcome. I would especially like to acknowledge and thank Dr Yukiko Yamazaki the tremendous effort in developing and maintaining the MacGene database and for provided the online updates over the past 14 years. Dr Yamazaki will be stepping down from that responsibility following this meeting. R.A. McIntosh September, 2013