Urgent action is required to mitigate effects of temperature extremes in South Asia, which threaten wheat production and human health.
International scientists awarded grants supporting the HeDWIC-FFAR project to boost climate resilience in wheat
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.
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.
Nepal boosts domestic maize hybrid seed production.
Smallholders in India’s Karnataka state get higher yields from drought- and heat-tolerant maize.