The Future of Wheat

It is estimated that in the next 50 years we will have to produce more wheat than we have over the past 10,000 years. Innovation is apparent in the agricultural sector. From engineering to plant science, specialists have been steadily moving forward. But are we moving forward quickly enough to sustain a rapidly growing world population? Take a look at this recent BBC countryfile video to see how NIAB (National Istitute of Agricultural Botany) are working to create new more resistant and variant wheat varieties through conventional breeding methodology.

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3 thoughts on “The Future of Wheat

  1. Thank you for drawing attention to this interesting, perhaps very important, work at NIAB. I blogged about it a few days ago, then corresponded with the plant breeder who led the team creating a new wheat. That plant has the non-catchy title Synthetic Hexaploid Wheat. The plant breeder, Dr Phil Howell, gave me more information so I blogged that too. It’s all under my ‘wheat’ tag.

    • Thank you for letting me know about your posts. It has been most interesting to read them through. I certainly agree that this work at NIAB is, potentially, incredibly important. The first trial results seem very promising indeed. It will be interesting to see how future trials pan out.

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