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Louis Dreyfus and Olam in talks

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So far as the public is concerned, things have been quiet on the genome front since the great celebrations in 2003 when 13 years of work to sequence human DNA was completed. The result was a map of the 20,000 or more genes found in the 23 pairs of chromosomes which are the blueprint for the life of Homo sapiens. In the interim, scientists have sequenced the genes of a wide range of living things, from monkeys and chimps through cats and dogs to mice and rice. But now they have sequenced something which is three times as complex as the human genome and which could lead to cheaper bread throughout the world within just five years.

Genome breakthrough heralds new dawn for agriculture

Decoding of genome hailed as most significant breakthrough in wheat production in 10,000 years

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How you can make bread from the soaring price of wheat

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Thousands dead, millions homeless. Now Pakistan faces cholera and riots

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Wheat is the new gold in time of plenty for America’s breadbasket

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Wheat shortages could prompt price hike, warns Greggs

Bakery chain Greggs has added its name to the growing list of companies warning that a sharp increase in the cost of commodities such as wheat could result in price rises later this year, although Chief Executive Ken McMeikan pledged to try to limit the impact on consumers.

Greggs warns over wheat price impact

Bakery chain Greggs today warned that rising wheat prices could lead to customers paying more for its products in the coming months.

Russian wheat export ban threatens higher inflation and food riots

The world faces an inflationary time bomb as shortages of food threaten to push prices to fresh all-time highs.

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