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Israeli findings push first wheat cultivation back 11,000 years

Israeli findings push first wheat cultivation back 11,000 years | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Until now, humans were believed to have begun the transition from hunter-gatherer societies to established agriculture some 12,000 years ago • Excavation at Sea of Galilee reveals domesticated grains, weeds, and sickle blades for harvesting wheat.
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US: First National Wheat Yield Contest Coming this Fall

US: First National Wheat Yield Contest Coming this Fall | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) is a new program of the National Wheat Foundation (NWF), and is an opportunity for all U.S. wheat growers to help enhance the quality of the U.S. wheat crop. 
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Beneficial insects that fight on your side against wheat midge

Beneficial insects that fight on your side against wheat midge | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Wheat midge, a non-native pest that feeds on developing wheat kernels, is a serious economic threat to farmers, especially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Bu
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Invasions out of center of diversity increase the risk of disease epidemics in wheat

Invasions out of center of diversity increase the risk of disease epidemics in wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that strains of the wheat pathogen causing severe yellow rust epidemics in Europe have their origin in the centre of diversity in the Himalayan region. This disease can have a great impact on wheat production in Europe, including organic crop production in Denmark.
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Predictions for WA's wheat crop slide as dry weather continues

Predictions for WA's wheat crop slide as dry weather continues | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) says predicted wheat yield rankings in Western Australian are sliding rapidly as the dry winter months continue.

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Unraveling the secrets of the sawfly

Unraveling the secrets of the sawfly | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The wheat stem sawfly, much to the farmer’s dismay, lives a mostly secret life inside — as the name would imply — the stem of wheat plants. It is a creature that has managed, by and large, to keep its secrets close and hidden for 100 years or more, but researchers at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory are working on to unravel those secrets.

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Genetics suggest wheat gluten allergies mostly imaginary

Genetics suggest wheat gluten allergies mostly imaginary | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Some of the anti-glutenists argue that we haven’t eaten wheat for long enough to adapt to it as a species.
Most of these assertions, however, are contradicted by significant evidence, and distract us from our actual problem: an immune system that has become overly sensitive.

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Australian scientists developing cholesterol lowering bread

Australian scientists developing cholesterol lowering bread | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Australian scientists are one step closer to developing a wheat variety that could be used to make cholesterol lowering bread.
The CSIRO is hoping to breed wheat with similar health benefits to oats and barley.

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UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Last week, scientists at Rothamsted Research, an agriculture science institute based in the UK, made a rather unusual announcement: A five-year long field trial to test a genetically modified variety of wheat found that the crop did not repel pests as it was designed to.
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India: FCI stuck with 24m tonnes of poor wheat

India: FCI stuck with 24m tonnes of poor wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is saddled with 27 million tonnes of wheat. Since 90% of grain procured this year were under relaxed norms, these stocks have a shorter shelf life and must be used in 8 to 10 months
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Superwheat Kernza Could Save Our Soil and Feed Us Well

Superwheat Kernza Could Save Our Soil and Feed Us Well | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Kernza’s arrival has been a long time coming. The new grain variety from the Land Institute is derived from an ancient form of intermediate wheatgrass, a perennial that is actually a distant relative of wheat. And there’s a widespread team of researchers hoping their work will pave the way for an entirely new form of... Read More
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Talks to liberalise global wheat trade

Talks to liberalise global wheat trade | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Major grain importing and exporting nations have started talks to free up the global wheat trade.
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First phase of wheat storage system project to save Egypt $200 million a year

First phase of wheat storage system project to save Egypt $200 million a year | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The first phase of a food security system designed to preserve locally harvested wheat is expected to save Egypt $200 million annually, the chief executive of the company designing it told Reuters on Sunday.
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Australia: Noodle wheat breeders focus on yield

Australia: Noodle wheat breeders focus on yield | WHEAT | Scoop.it
AS grain breeding company InterGrain closely watches the first season results for its new Noodle wheat varieties, breeders are preparing to make improvements for the future
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Great to see ex-CIMMYT wheat scientist Daniel Mullan!

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Anti-aphid wheat research may present opportunities

Anti-aphid wheat research may present opportunities | WHEAT | Scoop.it
A research project in England to develop wheat that wards off aphids without pesticides didn't succeed, but the techniques that were developed could help future researchers.
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US: Monsanto celebrates grand opening of Wheat Technology Center in Idaho

US: Monsanto celebrates grand opening of Wheat Technology Center in Idaho | WHEAT | Scoop.it

A ribbon-cutting ceremony in Filer, Idaho, marked the grand opening of Monsanto’s Wheat Technology Center, which will serve as the company’s core U.S. wheat breeding R&D facility and bring together people and processes to drive innovation in wheat breeding.

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US: Lafayette farmer recalls 80 years of wheat

US: Lafayette farmer recalls 80 years of wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Chuck Waneka was born on this farm 94-years ago. Chuck Waneka and crew are doing his farm's 80th wheat harvest this month. For a video interview, go to www.dailycamera.com. Cliff Grassmick Staff Photographer July 16, 2015
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Australia: El Niño could slash 2015 wheat harvest: plant scientist

Australia: El Niño could slash 2015 wheat harvest: plant scientist | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Grain growers across Australia face a high risk of reduced wheat harvests this winter due to a strengthening El Niño event, a University of Queensland plant science expert warns.
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The Plan to Feed the World by Hacking Photosynthesis

The Plan to Feed the World by Hacking Photosynthesis | WHEAT | Scoop.it
With the world population projected to soar past the 11 billion mark by 2100, we’re going to need to find some creative new ways of putting food on the table. The latest science-powered plan to feed the world? Hacking photosynthesis.
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Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv

Limagrain and Canterra Seeds in new Canadian jv | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Canadian farmers are set to benefit from access to the very latest wheat seed varieties with enhanced characteristics, following a new research joint venture (jv) known as Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, located in Saskatoon, announced yesterday between French agricultural grain and seeds co-operative Limagrain and Canadian firm Canterra Seeds after around 18 months of negotiations.
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US: Researchers in Creston Find Solution for Devastating Wheat Midge Outbreak

US: Researchers in Creston Find Solution for Devastating Wheat Midge Outbreak | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The wheat midge is an orange insect the size of a mosquito with the appetite of a lion. The voracious pest, which feeds on wheat kernels, annihilated crops across the Flathead Valley in 2006, leading to an estimated economic loss of over $1.5 million for local farmers.
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Bread Makers Win in European Hot Spell on Better Wheat Quality

Bread Makers Win in European Hot Spell on Better Wheat Quality | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The swelteringly hot weather across Europe may improve the quality of the region’s wheat, making it better for bread makers.
With temperatures topping 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit) in France, the hot weather could increase the protein content of Europe’s wheat crop and make it more desirable for bread makers, said Jack Watts, a lead analyst at the U.K.’s Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.
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Controversial trial of genetically modified wheat ends in disappointment

Controversial trial of genetically modified wheat ends in disappointment | WHEAT | Scoop.it
In setback, wheat engineered with insect alarm signal fails to keep aphids out of the field
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How climate change could lead to flatter loaves of bread in 2050

How climate change could lead to flatter loaves of bread in 2050 | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Global warming could leave loaves of bread diminished in size due to a reduction in the amount of protein in grains, scientists say.
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Scientists reveal underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants

Scientists reveal underpinnings of drought tolerance in plants | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Drought is one of the most urgent environmental crises facing the world today. In new work reported in The Plant Cell, scientists from Korea used a genome-wide approach to studying drought tolerance in plants and identified regulatory pathway that can be used to increase drought tolerance.

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