A draft genome sequence of wheat promises to speed efforts to breed new types of one of the world’s most important crops — and to reveal the tangled genomic history of an ancient staple. In a suite of papers published today in Science1–4, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium has unveiled initial portraits of the genome from Triticum aestivum, better known as bread wheat.
One Shropshire grower’s attempt at a top wheat yield looks to be going well as he starts irrigating his crop. David Jones makes a second visit to see how the challenge to capture his brother’s world wheat record crown is now progressing.
Capital Press USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber and Washington State University researchers have launched a website designed to help farmers compare data to determine which wheat varieties may be susceptible to low falling number scores.
Climate change is expected to increase the spread and severity of rust diseases, further threatening food security. To combat stripe rust, greater investments in research and regional coordination are essential.
A collaboration between Danish and British breeders will bear its first fruits this autumn as a new hard feed wheat comes to the UK market. Adam Clarke went to Denmark to find out how their low input system has helped its selection.
The heavy rain has ruined around 250 000 decares of wheat area, according to Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov. In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Grekov announced that Bulgaria had anticipated a harvest of 5 million tons of bread wheat, the best yield in 8-9 years, prior to the floods.
Merrill Lewis focused on Western American literature and Pacific Northwest writers while teaching at Western Washington University from 1962 to 1994. He now spends his days studying the spring wheat he grows in his small garden in the Sehome neighborhood.