The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has established a 30-day public comment period on proposed plan to strengthen oversight of genetically engineered wheat field trials.
In a week that was dominated by our political musketeers, who never miss any opportunity to volley all manner of poisonous drivel from their turbo-charged mouths to tear apart the country’s fragile socio-political and economic fabric, three wheat scientists did Kenya proud.
Wheat farmers have reason to celebrate, as the Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics (CTAG2) project is about to step up its contribution to the global effort to decipher the wheat genome, led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). The expected outcome is a new generation of wheat cultivars with higher yields and better resistance to stresses.
Bayer CropScience is extending its European Wheat Breeding Center in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. The company has tripled the capacity of its complex on the premises of the Gatersleben Biotech Park with investments amounting to some EUR 15 million since its inauguration in 2012. "The expansion of the breeding center is another milestone in our wheat strategy," said Frank Terhorst, Head of Bayer CropScience’s Seeds business, at the inauguration of the new buildings.
Improved wheat varieties developed using CGIAR breeding lines, either in cross-pollinations or as direct releases, cover more than 100 million hectares — nearly two-thirds of the area sown to improved wheat worldwide, new research (Lantican et al., in press) shows. Benefits in added grain from CGIAR wheat research range from $2.8 to 3.8 billion each year — a very high return for the work's annual, public funding of only $30 million, according to the full-length study.
Inconsistent funding for research into the pests and diseases that threaten key crops leaves global food supplies vulnerable, according to a University of Minnesota-led report published in today’s edition of the journal Nature Plants.
In the game of wheat genetics, Jorge Dubcovsky's laboratory at UC Davis has hit a grand slam, unveiling for the fourth time in a dozen years a gene that governs wheat vernalization, the biological process requiring cold temperatures to trigger flower formation.
What do customers want when they buy Canadian wheat? Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) recently commissioned an internationally renowned market research firm, LMC International, to answer this question.
Agricultural yields could more than triple in a number of African countries, suggesting that tremendous improvements in food security are possible, according to new findings by the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas.
Governments and the private sector are being urged to more fully support research efforts into developing new wheat varieties, or face the risk of further global insecurity related to price instability, hunger riots and related conflict.
MORE investment is desperately needed to monitor and characterise the breeding evolution of the three rusts - stem, leaf and stripe - and for wheat pre-breeding work to identify resistance genes to develop new advanced breeding lines.
Wheat has been successfully feeding civilizations for over 10,000 years and has the nickname “Staff of Life”. It is packed full of important vitamins, nutrients and fiber and is made into delicious products. Join us at the dining room table for an informative discussion about The Truth About Wheat with Ken Root and experts, Dr. Brett Carver, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, and wheat farmer Sara Olsen.
Gluten is a protein found naturally in several whole grains, particularly wheat — and though it’s been a part of our diets for thousands of years, it’s only recently that large amounts of people are falling ill from it.
Domestic harvests provide at least half of Syria’s total national consumption of wheat, giving many farmers one of their sole sources of income for the entire year. When fires devoured thousands of acres of wheat earlier this year, many Syrian, particularly these farmers, were hit hard.
Wheat growers are expected to escape the worst effects of an El Nino, according to the commodity forecaster, which raised production estimates in the wake of a soggier-than-expected winter, with more rain to come.
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