A future with safe and secure food requires the breeding of new disease-resistant crops that provide higher yields and require fewer chemicals to grow. Current breeding practices have given us most of the food we enjoy today, but many of the current breeding methods are laborious, time-consuming and expensive.
New genomics technologies can help make the traditional breeding process more efficient, cost-effective and accurate.
Dr. Sean Myles is making sense of data generated from modern DNA sequencing technologies to develop user-friendly genomics-assisted breeding software that will quicken the development of better-tasting and healthier food. The software will also be able to be used in other areas of genomics research, such as forestry, bioenergy, conservation biology and aquaculture.