Urgent action is required to mitigate effects of temperature extremes in South Asia, which threaten wheat production and human health.


Projects will focus on developing new breeding technologies, screening tools and novel traits to improve wheat in the face of heat and drought.


Increasingly unpredictable weather poses challenges for breeding widely-adapted wheat lines, but stress tolerance breeding is boosting wheat’s hardiness under rising temperatures.


New funding models, such as public-private partnerships, can collectively address knowledge gaps to avoid potential catastrophes for society at large.

In the media

Source: The Guardian (27 Apr 2021)

Matthew Reynolds talked to The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast about the process of creating climate- and heat-resistant crops.

Climate adaptation and mitigation

Nepal boosts domestic maize hybrid seed production.

Nutrition, health and food security

Smallholders in India’s Karnataka state get higher yields from drought- and heat-tolerant maize.