This image shows a field of Jensen, which is a soft, white winter wheat. Credit: Mark Sorrells
This image shows a field of Jensen, which is a soft, white winter wheat.

Developing climate-resilient wheat varieties

Breeding wheat for increased fructan content may result in development of climate-resilient varieties with increased nutritional value.

Increases in climate variability have placed a new emphasis on the need for resilient wheat varieties. Alongside demands for increased resiliency, consumer interest in healthier, more functional foods is growing.

Therefore, the identification of potential breeding targets to create climate-resilient, nutritionally improved wheat varieties is of particular interest, according to an announcement from the American Society of Agronomy.

Fructans are carbohydrates found in many plan

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