Enhancement of yield and yield stability of Spring Bread Wheat in Semi-Arid Mediterranean Areas of Central and West Asia and North Africa

Published on 27 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 May 2007 | End Date: 30 June 2013


This project aims at enhancing bread wheat productivity and yield stability in dry areas with similarity to the Australian wheat environment. Additional to this, the project aims to:
i) Identify and develop new germ plasm , high yielding under terminal heat, With broad/or regional adaptation, suitable for use as
parental material for breeding.
ii) Identify traits or sets of traits that determine or improve adaptation of wheat to terminal heat stress in a range of wheat
production environments .
iii) Transfer reputed heat tolerance genes into Australian elite wheat backgrounds.
iv) Identify molecular markers closely linked to heat tolerance genes and validate them in Australian wheat backgrounds.
v) Identify potentially new sources of resistance to fungal diseases, insects pests and incorporate those into adapted Australian
genetic backgrounds to broaden the genetic base of resistance to diseases and insects pests.
vi) Develop mapping populations for major wheat insects pests and fungal pathogens and collaborate with Australian researchers
to maps QTL controlling them

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