Grain Quality With Enhanced Nutritional Values for Human Health, Globally

Discover Wheat Biodiversity in Heirloom Varieties and Wild Relatives

China-UK Biobank sequencing for major cereals and grain legumes

Population genomics helps pea breeding and seed nutrition

Borrow genes from nature, evolution, and biodiversity to real crops

Big Data for Better Agriculture

Shenzhen aims to feed the world with high-quality nutritional food

Introduction of G3RP

Global Grain Genomics Research Program


Cereals including rice, wheat and maize by far have provided most of the calories, protein, B-vitamins and minerals. They are the staple for more than 6.5 billion inhabitants around the world.

Related Projects
  • 1,000 Wat-Seq
  • 1,000 Oat-Seq
  • 10,000 Rice-Seq


Legumes are the second most important food source after cereals and are considered as an alternative protein source of meat. They have higher protein content than most of the plant foods.

Related Projects
  • 1,000 Mendel-Seq


Global grain genomic research program (G3RP) aims at developing future environment-friendly crops with higher yield and nutrients by collecting and profiling all the genomic resources of cereals and legumes around the globe. To achieve this goal, G3RP is divided into several parts:

  • Global diversity of grains
  • Genomic innovation of desirable traits
  • Crop development through the utilization of neglected genomic resources
Designing Resource-efficient Crops with Higher Yield and Enhanced Nutrients for the Changing Climate

Action items:

  • Ⅰ.    Establish effective International Alliances & Collaborations
  • Ⅱ.    Expand current deep sequencing platforms for cereals & legume grains
  • Ⅲ.    Develop an open Big Data & Computation Platform for grain genomics research
  • Ⅳ.    Utilize genomics data to enhance nutrition-related traits, via employing genome engineering to assist in the food for health programs
  • Ⅴ.    establish a timeline to further explore projects of mutual benefits & global impacts
  • Ⅵ.    Develop proposals & running mechanism for international joint funding


1,000 Wat-Seq

Discover Wheat Biodiversity in Heirloom Varieties and Watkins Landrace Collection.

1,000 Mendel-Seq

Population Genomics helps pea breeding.Population Genomics helps pea breeding.

1,000 Oat-Seq

Population Genomics helps oats breeding.Population Genomics helps oats breeding.

10,000 Rice-Seq

Population Genomics helps rice breeding.Population Genomics helps rice breeding.

C4 photosynthesis

C4 photosynthesis is evolved from more than 61 independent origins in monocots and eudicots, which phenomenon is the opposite of the multiple independent losses hypothesis for nitrogen fixation clade

Phosphorate & AM Symbiosis

Phosphorus is one of the most important macronutrients for food production.

N-fixing Nodule Symbiosis

Nitrogen is the main nutrient element that restricts the growth of crops and is one of the indispensable components in the synthesis of amino acids and proteins.



College of Biological Sciences, University of California
Distinguished Professor - Emeritus, Department of Plant Biology

Sanwen Huang

Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agri Sciences
Director General, Chief Scientist, Synthetic Biology Center

Shifeng Cheng

Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agri Sciences
Professor, Director of Plant Genomcis Center

Dale Sander

John Innes Centre
Director, John Innes Centre

Simon Griffiths

John Innes Centre
Professor, Group Leader,Designing Future Wheat, Genes in the Environment

Noel Ellis

John Innes Centre
Senior Scientist,Molecules from Nature

Cristobal Uauy

John Innes Centre
Group Leader, Designing Future Wheat, Genes in the Environment

Noam Chayut

John Innes Centre
Senior Scientist, Germplasm Resource Unit Manager,John Innes Centre

Fanjiang Kong

Guangzhou University
Deputy Director|Professor , Research Center of Molecular Genetics and Evolution, Guangzhou University


China National GeneBank
Director of the National Gene Bank and director of BGI group


China National GeneBank
Director of Cooperation and Publicity Department


Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan
Associate Director | Professor, Departments of Plant Sciences and Soil Sciences

Robert van Gorcom

Wageningen University
General Director, Wageningen Food Safety Research at Wageningen University & Research

Robert Henry

University of Queensland
Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation (QAAFI)

Mike Gidley

The universiry of Queensland
Centre Director, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences


Chinese Academy of Agri Sciences, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Director General, Institute of Crop Sciences


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