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K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene

K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene | WHEAT | Scoop.it

If temperatures are too hot in May and June, farmers could lose more than layers. During this critical grain filling stage, extreme temperatures can lead to shriveled kernels and yield loss. One gene may be the answer. Dr. Harold Trick, plant pathologist at Kansas State University, and Dr. Allan Fritz, KSU wheat breeder, are working on a transgenic wheat that would tolerate warmer temperatures during this plant development stage.

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UK: Nuffield scholar shares secrets to unlocking the wheat plateau

UK: Nuffield scholar shares secrets to unlocking the wheat plateau | WHEAT | Scoop.it
In a Farmers Weekly exclusive, a prominent farm manager summarises the key findings from his Nuffield Scholarship on what his fellow UK growers could learn from other wheat-producing countries in their quest to break through the yield barrier and hit the 20t/ha holy grail
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Can New GMO Techniques Make Crops That Are More “Natural”?

Can New GMO Techniques Make Crops That Are More “Natural”? | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Wheat, one of many crops that could be genetically engineered with lost useful traits
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Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Available

Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Available | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The Kansas Wheat Calculator App allows growers to assess yield potential of their wheat stands during the growing season, even during winter dormancy.
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US: North Dakota Beats Out Kansas for Number 1 Wheat Producer

US: North Dakota Beats Out Kansas for Number 1 Wheat Producer | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Jim Peterson with the North Dakota Wheat Commission says statewide wheat yields set a new record at 46 bushels per acre.
Making North Dakota the number 1 wheat producer in the nation.
While farmers harvested a lot of wheat bushels, quality was less than ideal. 
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Scientists seal agreement to boost adaptability of wheat to climate change

Scientists seal agreement to boost adaptability of wheat to climate change | WHEAT | Scoop.it

More than 100 plant scientists from 22 major wheat-growing countries in the global south and north, met last week to discuss an ambitious international plan to incorporate the most advanced genetic technologies into traditional plant breeding to improve heat and drought tolerance of wheat. 

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Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked

Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked | WHEAT | Scoop.it
One of the highlights of SC14 was a focus on how HPC is expanding out of its roots and cropping up in more and more places. One of the more interesting use cases to take center stage at this year’s event in New Orleans was the significance of HPC to understanding and decoding the bread wheat genome. In the session, “Beyond Human – Sequencing the Complex Wheat Genome to Advance Global Food Security,” Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at The Genome Analysis Center (TGAC), spoke about the Institute’s work sequencing and assembling one of the most complex genomes, the bread wheat genome.
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UK, India Collaborate on Crops of the Future

UK, India Collaborate on Crops of the Future | WHEAT | Scoop.it
UK & INDIA - Seven new research projects involving collaborations between researchers in the UK and India aim to provide crops suitable for a changing climate and to produce more food with fewer inputs.
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Flour Power: California Revives Its Wheat-Growing Past

Flour Power: California Revives Its Wheat-Growing Past | WHEAT | Scoop.it
n Hammond leads me quickly past a vintage grain mill that’s been in his family since early last century. He’s showing me around his small farm in Tehachapi, Calif., walking past Hammond’s collection of vintage farm equipment parked picturesque barns, his happy Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs rooting and snorting in their pens for food, the mane of his white horse lazily waving in the breeze.
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Durum dilemma: Poor wheat crop may affect prices, quality of pasta

Durum dilemma: Poor wheat crop may affect prices, quality of pasta | WHEAT | Scoop.it
BISMARCK, North Dakota — From family dinner tables to fancy restaurants, plates of pasta are likely to be a little pricier in the coming year because of a disappointing durum wheat crop in the northern Plains and Canada.
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Australia: Mixed fortunes for wheat farmers

Australia: Mixed fortunes for wheat farmers | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Australia's national wheat harvest is expected to be down 18 per cent on last year, after dry conditions, frost and hot temperatures, led to lower yields in many wheat growing regions.
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Zambia ups wheat output

Zambia ups wheat output | WHEAT | Scoop.it
RYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has recorded an increase in wheat production in the 2013/14 season with 338,000 tonnes from 266,000 tonnes the previous season due to less stress on the crop, Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says.
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US: The Science of Wheat Production

US: The Science of Wheat Production | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The first ever WSU Extension Wheat Academy taking place December 16 and 17 at the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building Teaching Laboratories on WSU’s Pullman campus is an opportunity for growers and consultants to learn about the science behind wheat production. WSU Cooperative Extension Small Grains and Research Scientist Dr. Drew Lyon explains.
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Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows

Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Production of wheat – one of the world’s most important staple crops – is set to fall by 6% for every 1C rise in temperature, say scientists
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Full text article: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2470.html

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Anti-Wheat Fad Diets Undermine Global Food Security Efforts

Anti-Wheat Fad Diets Undermine Global Food Security Efforts | WHEAT | Scoop.it

This Wheat Discussion Paper serves as a foundation upon which the authors hope further discussion will develop. It aims to highlight unsubstantiated nutritional claims about wheat and shine a spotlight on the important role of wheat and fiber in human diets. It also seeks to encourage conversation about how non-scientific claims about wheat could affect poor consumers and global food security.

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Ideology Prevents Wheat Growers From Converting to More Profitable Methods, New Study Shows

Ideology Prevents Wheat Growers From Converting to More Profitable Methods, New Study Shows | WHEAT | Scoop.it

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – U.S. wheat growers resist converting to a more profitable method of farming because of ideology – their personal beliefs about organic farming – rather than technical or material obstacles, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Arkansas researcher.

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New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The study identified two key characteristics shared by the wild relatives of current crop plants. Firstly they have bigger seeds, which means they grow into bigger seedlings and are able to get more than their fair share of light and nutrients, and secondly, as adult plants they are less bushy than other grasses and package their big seeds onto fewer stems. This means crop wild relatives perform better than the other wild grasses that they are competing with and are better at growing close together in fields, making them ideal for using in agriculture.

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Saudi to end domestic wheat purchases by 2016

Saudi to end domestic wheat purchases by 2016 | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia will stop buying domestically-grown wheat in two years' time and rely completely on imports of the grain, the water-short kingdom's new agriculture minister said on Wednesday.
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Expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat

Expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Plant growth regulators are nothing new for cotton farmers, but they are of recent interest to some wheat producers who are questioning their efficiency and economics, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo.
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USA: The Man Who Could Make Everyone’s Bread Taste Better

USA: The Man Who Could Make Everyone’s Bread Taste Better | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Dr. Stephen Jones is using science to perfect taste — and some legendary chefs are his biggest cheerleaders.
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Wheat Crop Seen Lower in Australia as Dry Weather Cuts Yield

Wheat Crop Seen Lower in Australia as Dry Weather Cuts Yield | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Australia lowered its outlook for wheat production after dry conditions curbed yields in eastern growing regions in the world’s fourth-biggest exporter.
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Cereal was a staple diet in Sudan 7,000 years ago

Cereal was a staple diet in Sudan 7,000 years ago | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Humans in Africa were harvesting and eating cereals 7,000 years ago - several centuries earlier than previously thought.

The discovery was made after researchers found ancient barley and wheat residues on teeth of skeletons from two Neolithic cemeteries in Central Sudan and Nubia.

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Canada: A short history of durum wheat breeding

Dr. Ron DePauw has been actively involved in the breeding program at the Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan for many decades. Over the years DePauw has led diverse teams that have made extraordinary leaps forward in the agronomic and end-use qualities of durum for Western Canada.
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India: Food bowl states’ population allergic to wheat protein

India: Food bowl states’ population allergic to wheat protein | WHEAT | Scoop.it
CHANDIGARH : Paradoxical findings of a national-wide study suggest that Punjab and Haryana — the food bowl states of India — also house the largest chunk of population suffering from wheat protein allergy. According to the latest published studies by the Indian Council of Medial Research at Delhi, 1 in every 100 persons in north western India has a medical condition called celiac disease — a type of food allergy where individuals are intolerant to a protein found in wheat and related cereals called 'gluten'.
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Mauritius: Experimental Wheat Cultivation Project Enters Phase 3

Mauritius: Experimental Wheat Cultivation Project Enters Phase 3 | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The experimental wheat cultivation project, launched since 2012 by the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), has entered Phase three with the upscaling of the project on 12 acres of land at Cluny. The project collaborators are Vita Rice Ltd and Rose Belle Sugar Estate.
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