Worldwide, genome sequencing projects focused on agriculturally related plants, animals, and microbes are progressing at a tremendously rapid pace. As these projects come to fruition, they will provide a wealth of information that will dramatically impact agriculture and food production.

Fig. 1—Some of the lactic acid bacteria whose genomes are being sequenced. White bars are 3 microns in length. Photos courtesy of Bill McManus, Utah State University

The rate at which new genome information is being accumulated is staggering and challenging scientists’ ability to collect, process, and understand the new data. The challenge for food scientists is shifting from…

Members and organisms for sequencing by the LABGC and the Joint Genome Institute

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