Australian Scientists Develop New Method to Produce Drought-Resilient Wheat Quickly, Cheaply, and Accurately
Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU), ARC Centre of
Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food have
developed a new method to identify drought-resilient wheat quickly, cheaply,
and accurately. Research leaders Dr. Arun Yadav and Dr. Adam Carroll said
selecting wheat that can grow better during short- to medium-term drought is
vital to help fight food insecurity around the world.
The simple test that the researchers developed measures the relative
abundance of four amino acids in wheat plants. This predicts the plants'
ability to maintain yield under drought much more accurately than current
state-of-the-art methods, said Dr. Carroll. He added that the test can be
done precisely in greenhouses all year round, at a fraction of the cost of
traditional field-based methods.