Heat and drought in wheat

Worldwide, heat and drought are increasingly leading to significant yield losses in wheat. An alarming development that is leading to wheat shortages and price jumps on the international wheat market. The newly founded "Alliance for Wheat Adaptation to Heat and Drought", AHEAD for short, aims to bundle projects and initiatives around the world that deal with the scientific basis for the development of new wheat varieties with tolerance to heat and drought under one roof. An exchange among scientists on a global level within this alliance is intended to close knowledge gaps and promote long-term synergies. The headquarters of the new alliance is located under the umbrella of the Wheat Initiative at the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) in Berlin-Dahlem.
Professor Peter Langridge, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wheat Initiative, welcomes this development: “There is a need for close cooperation in the field of drought and heat research in order to meet the challenge of a changing climate and the demand for sustainable production methods ".AHEAD is currently linking international projects to create synergies with regard to the development of climate-resilient wheat. Two innovative projects have already been won for the alliance. On the one hand, there is the “Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium” (HeDWIC), a project of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, funded by the “Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research” and, secondly, the joint project “Genome-based strategies for Use of the tertiary gene pool for the breeding of climate-adapted wheat ”(TERTIUS), a project coordinated by the JKI and funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
Source: BVA

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