Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 295, Issue 1–4, pp 1–11 | Cite as

Genus Triticum L. taxonomy: the present and the future

  • Nikolay P. Goncharov


Wheat taxonomy has a long history. The existence and use of competing wheat classifications and the use of different botanic names for a single species are causing confusion in the research community. Options for employing a different classification of the genus Triticum L. for molecular biological, genetic, and phylogenetic investigations; for identifying and collecting wheat accessions; and for use in breeding practice are discussed.


Genus Triticum Taxonomy Genome classification 



The author is grateful to Prof. N.N. Tsvelev (Komarov Institute of Botany, St. Petersburg, Russia), Prof. R.A. Udachin (Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry, St. Petersburg, Russia), and Dr. L.A. Morrison for valuable discussion. The author also would like to thank Prof. M.E. Barkworth (Department of Biology, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, UT, USA) and Julie Hayes (Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics) for helpful comments on the manuscript. The research was partially financed by a Grant of the Program of Fundamental Research of Presidium Russian Academy of Sciences No. B.26 and the Integration Grant of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences No. 122.


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  1. 1.Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Branch of Russian Acad. Sci.NovosibirskRussia

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