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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.