POTENTIAL FOR HYBRIDS... University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine hybrid wheat program leader Dr Ryan Whitford assesses wheat fertility in experimental breeding plots at University of Adelaide Waite campus. POTENTIAL FOR HYBRIDS... University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine hybrid wheat program leader Dr Ryan Whitford assesses wheat fertility in experimental breeding plots at University of Adelaide Waite campus.

New gene identified for breeding hybrid wheats

SOUTH Australian researchers have identified new opportunities for breeding hybrid wheats.

The scientists have found a naturally occurring wheat gene which, when turned off, eliminates self-pollination but still allows cross-pollination, which has the potential to radically change how wheat is bred and increase yields.

University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine hybrid wheat program leader Dr Ryan Whitford said hybrid wheat is a promising option to meet increased demand from population growth.

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