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New Data On Bread Wheat May Help Improve Yield, Disease Resistance

May 8, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
For about 12,000 years, since the dawn of agriculture, humans have been selectively breeding plants with desirable traits, such as high grain yield and disease resistance. Bread wheat (triticum aestivum) during that time emerged as one of the world's most important crops. Together with the growing human population and the changing climate, the demand for wheat with a higher yield and additional resilience is increasing. However, for a few years now the average yield increase of wheat is stagnating. But, according to a new study (Pont et al., Nature Genetics, 2019; 51 (5): 905), high-yielding varieties of triticum aestivum can be found all over the world, each adapted to its growing environment. The study provides a rich genetic data resource that can be used to improve genetic traits in bread wheat, from environmental adaptation to improved yield and disease resistance. [Image Credit: © Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay]
"New Avenues For Improving Modern Wheat", Nature.com, May 08, 2019, © Springer Nature Publishing AG
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