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US: Key Wheat Lines Hit by New Strain of Rust

US: Key Wheat Lines Hit by New Strain of Rust | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Armour, Everest and Tam 111 were popular wheat varieties because of rust resistance, but a new race of the pathogen trumps that move.
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Syrian seedbank wins award for continuing work despite civil war

Syrian seedbank wins award for continuing work despite civil war | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Syrian scientists who risked their lives preserving the region’s ancient farming heritage with nearly 150,000 seed samples are presented Gregor Mendel award in Berlin
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New sensor system sniffs out mycotoxins in wheat

New sensor system sniffs out mycotoxins in wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The EU funded MYCOHUNT project developed a system that can sniff out mycotoxins in wheat almost immediately. It is expected to be on the market within two years.
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Nigeria moves to save N431bn from wheat imports

Nigeria moves to save N431bn from wheat imports | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Local wheat production is rising and Nigeria will achieve the 68 per cent local production target by year end, the Executive Director, Lake Chad Research Instit
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Bit of fun for Friday evening: How to Become Gluten Intolerant

How to Become Gluten Intolerant (Funny) - Ultra Spiritual Life Watch more Ultra Spiritual episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kDso5ElFRg&list=PLV...
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Little bit of fun on Friday evening :) #FF
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Australia aims to regain share in Southeast Asian wheat market

Australia aims to regain share in Southeast Asian wheat market | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Australia is looking to boost its wheat exports to Southeast Asia, after losing some of its market share there as flour millers from the region shifted to high-protein Canadian and U.S. grain, a senior industry official said.
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US/Wash.: Roving cameras see the big picture for wheat breeding

US/Wash.: Roving cameras see the big picture for wheat breeding | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Wheat breeders at Washington State University are sizing up experimental crops from a new perspective: cameras that see far better than the human eye.
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Wanted: $13 million to unlock the wheat genome

Wanted: $13 million to unlock the wheat genome | WHEAT | Scoop.it
According to a group of international researchers in plant genetics, what lies between the current state of wheat breeding and the elusive wheat genome sequence is about $13 million.
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Ethiopia: Rust Resistant Wheat to Be Cultivated

Ethiopia: Rust Resistant Wheat to Be Cultivated | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) organized a two-day workshop in order to launch a new project on Rust Resistant Wheat Projects in Ethiopia: Past Achievements and Planning Ahead on March 9 -10, 2015 in reviewing the past achievements and setting goals in strengthening the national capacity of addressing wheat rust epidemics in Ethiopia.
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Wheat consumption in Ethiopia increased more than 3.5 times between 1990 and 2014. However, Ethiopia witnessed also dramatic increase in wheat production (from less than 1 million ton in 1994 to over 4 million tons in 2014) and has become nearly self-sufficient. Similarly as in other Sub-Saharan Africa countries the increased wheat consumption is driven by high population growth, and diet diversification due to increased income.

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4 surprising facts about wheat and gluten

4 surprising facts about wheat and gluten | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The role of wheat in our health is a complex topic—one not well illuminated by marketing efforts like the ever-burgeoning "gluten-free" one. For the 98 percent or so of people not suffering from celiac or wheat allergy, it seems wise to stick to sourdough-style bread and avoid foods laden with additives like inulin, high-fructose corn syrup, and vital wheat gluten.
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This is seems to be reasonable analysis and conclusion to me:
The role of wheat in our health is a complex topic—one not well illuminated by marketing efforts like the ever-burgeoning "gluten-free" one. For the 98 percent or so of people not suffering from celiac or wheat allergy, it seems wise to stick to sourdough-style bread and avoid foods laden with additives like inulin, high-fructose corn syrup, and vital wheat gluten.
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Pakistan to reap bumper wheat crops this year

Pakistan to reap bumper wheat crops this year | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Pakistan will reap a bumper wheat crop this year and surplus the target, as harvesting continues in Sindh, where production is expected to exceed four million tonnes.
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Pakistan is the second largest wheat producer in South Asia (25 M ton in 2014 - USDA). In most years Pakistan is self-sufficient in wheat production. From the mid- to long-term perspective, wheat producing areas in Pakistan (part of Indo-Gangetic Plains) might be significantly affected by climate change (particularly drought and terminal heat stress)

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WorldGrain: Bimbo sees complex impact on bread from gluten aversion

WorldGrain: Bimbo sees complex impact on bread from gluten aversion | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Grain, flour and feed industry news and commentary offering insight on business, new products, market and product trends, supplier innovations and more.
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US: Developing a hearty wheat for northern climates

US: Developing a hearty wheat for northern climates | WHEAT | Scoop.it

FAIRBANKS - Agricultural research by a Washington State University graduate student brings Alaska a step closer to a wheat variety adapted to the far north.

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Wheat markets under attack in Asia

Wheat markets under attack in Asia | WHEAT | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIA'S wheat industry is in danger of becoming the “white trash” of import markets in Asia.
That was the warning given to this week’s Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook conference in Canberra by David Fienberg, CEO of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC).

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Australian wheat  is a good example of “differentiated marketing”. Australia supplies white grain wheat of eight major classes suitable for a diverse range of end-uses mainly to the markets in over 50 countries, though the main export markets for Australian wheat are in the Asian and Middle East regions and include Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Sudan (UN FAO 2014). Wheat exports from Australia are projected to remain stable during 2015-2024 around 19 million tons (USDA-ERS 2014)

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US/Kansas: : Farmers Are Researching How to Grow Gluten-Free Wheat

US/Kansas: : Farmers Are Researching How to Grow Gluten-Free Wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The Kansas Wheat Commission is putting $200,000 towards two years of research to understand all the parts of wheat’s DNA that cause problems for people with gluten sensitivities, the Associated Press reports. Researchers are focusing on various proteins in wheat—as well as exploring past varieties of wheat—that may have fallen out of favor in recent years, but may be tolerable for wider population.

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Ethiopia: Fortified wheat to fight malnutrition | East & Horn Africa

Ethiopia: Fortified wheat to fight malnutrition | East & Horn Africa | WHEAT | Scoop.it
An Ethiopian company will start producing fortified wheat flours, becoming the first firm to do so in East Africa, to battle malnutrition.
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The fortified wheat may signify an introduction of GMO's in Africa. 

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Scientists Create Haplotype Map of Wheat Varieties

Scientists Create Haplotype Map of Wheat Varieties | WHEAT | Scoop.it
 Scientists have created the first haplotype map of wheat that provides detailed description of genetic differences in a worldwide sample of wheat lines.
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Shooting Down Wheat Viruses with Genetics

Shooting Down Wheat Viruses with Genetics | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Just like when you catch the flu, when a wheat plant gets hit by a virus like wheat streak mosaic, there’s not a whole lot to do but ride it out and hope there isn’t too much pain or damage.

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UK: Hybrid rye has potential to be the new second wheat

UK: Hybrid rye has potential to be the new second wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Hybrid rye could eventually take a chunk of the UK wheat area by delivering attractive margins and bringing major rotational benefits as well. Rye has trad
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India: Madhya Pradesh to procure 10 mn tonnes of wheat sans bonus

India: Madhya Pradesh to procure 10 mn tonnes of wheat sans bonus | WHEAT | Scoop.it
With a record target of 10 million tonnes, Madhya Pradesh will start wheat procurement from 18th of this month. However, wheat growers will not be offered bonus on per-quintal sale of the grain wheat this year.
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Scientists transfer pathogen-sensing 'antenna' gene to wheat

Scientists transfer pathogen-sensing 'antenna' gene to wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from the John Innes Centre (JIC), the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have successfully transferred a receptor that recognises bacteria from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana - a dicot, to wheat - a monocot. They showed that the receptor can trigger a defensive response and confers increased resistance to bacterial disease. The research findings demonstrate that the signalling pathways or circuitry downstream of the receptor are conserved between evolutionary distant monocots and dicots.
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Israeli NRGene and International Researchers Team to Map Key Wheat Genome

Israeli NRGene and International Researchers Team to Map Key Wheat Genome | WHEAT | Scoop.it

NRGene has joined forces with noted researchers around the globe – and is seeking more participants – to decode the genome of wild emmer wheat. This variety of wheat is the immediate progenitor of most cultivated varieties, which makes it an important genetic resource for crop improvement.

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How does wheat respond to climate change?

How does wheat respond to climate change? | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Researchers from The University of Western Australia and CSIRO have made a breakthrough in understanding how wheat crops are likely to respond to potential future climate scenarios.
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GMO wheat issues revolve around yield acceptance

GMO wheat issues revolve around yield acceptance | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Grain, flour and feed industry news and commentary offering insight on business, new products, market and product trends, supplier innovations and more.
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UN FAO raises bar on forecasts for 2015 wheat crop

UN FAO raises bar on forecasts for 2015 wheat crop | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The UN FAO raised the bar on forecasts for world wheat production this year, foreseeing bigger harvests in countries such as Australia, Canada and the US offsetting much of the declines expected in the European Union and Russia.

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Abares, the Australian crop bureau, which earlier this week forecasted a 707m-tonne crop. The International Grains Council has forecast 2015-16 output at 705m tonnes, while Canada's farm ministry, AAFC, has a forecast of 710m tonnes.

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