'Famous' wheat gene found

'Famous' wheat gene found

Researchers find gene called Ph1 that prevented wheat from breeding with related ancestors.

WASHINGTON State University (WSU) researchers have found what they termed "the most famous wheat gene" — a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat.

The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease and pest resistance traits of other grasses using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory

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