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Researchers Turn to Modern Methods to Boost Global Harvests of Wheat
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: August 16, 2022 09:33AM

The war in Ukraine has disrupted the sufficient food supply for the
global population. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich
(TUM) are now searching for modern methods to help boost global harvests
to ensure global food security.

Wheatplays an important role in these studies. TUM, led by Professor
Senthold Asseng, is working with international research teams to look at
scenarios and models that could lead the way out of the global wheat
crisis. According to Professor Asseng, the fluctuations in prices on
global markets and in harvests have a major impact on the nutrition
situation for many people worldwide. ??The current global wheat crisis
shows how important wheat is for the world,? he added.

Professor Asseng is now working intensively on potentially increasing
wheat yields. In their experiments, he identified the unused genetic
resources of wheat which has reached 51 percent. To bridge this yield
gap, targeted breeding can lead to higher harvests. However, Professor
Asseng said that genetics alone cannot solve the problem, and will need
an interdisciplinary approach using genetics combined with soil and
climate science.


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