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GRDC and Partners Target to Boost Wheat's Heat Tolerance
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: November 22, 2022 08:21PM

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) aims to enhance the
heat tolerance of wheatvarieties and maximize yield potential in a
warmer climate.

Through a $4 million project in partnership with the University of
Sydney, InterGrain, Agriculture Victoria, and the Western Australian
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, GRDC targets
to deliver at least five adapted wheat pre-breeding lines with a minimum
10% higher yield than the current highest yielding cultivars under heat
stress during grain filling by 2026.

??We've made it a priority to work on breeding better heat tolerance
lines now, while we still have time to do it, because if we leave it too
long, the industry will get stuck,? said University of Sydney
Agricultural Scientist, Dr. Rebecca Thistlethwaite.

GRDC Genetic Technologies Officer Prameela Vanambathina said that GRDC
prioritizes helping growers manage a changingclimateand investing in
research projects that help boost grain production on farms. ??Increase
in temperature is a significant constraint with predicted modeling,
indicating an average of 14% of yield losses to Australian grain growers
each year,? she added.


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