Utilization of wild relatives of wheat in developing salinity tolerant winter wheat with improved quality for Central Asia

Published on 27 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2012


This project will include the following activities: Collect wheat progenitors (Aegilops tauschii and wild tetraploids) species from
saline areas of Central Asia
o Test the progenitors and other collections (synthetic hexaploid wheat from ICARDA, CIMMYT) for new sources for tolerance to salinity and end-use quality
o Produce new synthetics using progenitor species
o Transfer salinity tolerance and improved quality into locally adapted wheat cultivars
o Test advanced backcross populations in winter wheat background for their potential for yield and quality improvement in Central Asia
o Develop linked molecular markers to salinity tolerance and improved quality
o Provide training on synthetic wheat technologies to the scientists from the Central Asia
o Out-scale improved technologies through trainings and two workshops, leaflets and a handbook in Russian language, and scientific publications

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