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A European project investigates how to adapt wheat and barley to drought

Wheat
United Kingdom
Published Apr 14, 2024

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The Activated Genebank Network (Agent) project is a collaborative effort involving 16 countries and 18 scientific institutions, aimed at improving the drought tolerance of cereals such as wheat and barley. By examining over 6,700 varieties of wheat and 5,200 varieties of barley from a vast collection contributed by the participating countries, the project seeks to identify genetic factors that enhance adaptation to drought conditions. Spain plays a pivotal role in this initiative, contributing 500 varieties of common wheat and leading the drought tolerance trials. Now in its fourth year, the project is expected to produce significant results by 2025, potentially leading to the development of commercial cereal varieties with improved drought tolerance.
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A total of 16 countries and 18 scientific institutions are participating in a European research project that seeks to find the factors that can facilitate better adaptation of cereals such as wheat and barley to drought conditions. The project, called Activated Genebank Network (Agent), includes a large number of European Union (EU) countries but also other non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Israel and the United Kingdom, research sources have detailed to Efeagro. Spain participates through the National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), and contributes a collection of 500 varieties of common wheat. Each country contributes its traditional varieties to evaluate European agrobiodiversity and in total 6,700 varieties of wheat and 5,200 varieties of barley are evaluated in the entire project, explains INIA-CSIC researcher Cristina Nieto. The drought tolerance trial in Spain is led by researcher ...
Source: PEefeagro
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