Plant Genetic Resource Management, Preservation, Characterization and Utilization (from W006)
Wheat is one of the essential crop species for feeding the world. Pathogens and insects that attack wheat are always evolving allowing them to overcome genetic resistance to their attack. New sources of resistance are always needed to counter the genetic changes in the pathogens and insects. With global climate change it may also be necessary to improve the abiotic resistance/tolerance to temperature or moisture extremes. Related species such as A. cylindrica may carry new sources of resistance/tolerance genes but have not been used to any great extent, probably due to the difficulty in transferring genes between the unshared genomes of A. cylindrica and wheat. This research proposes to identify genotypes of A. cylindrica that carry desired genes and develop a method to facilitate the transfer of the genes into wheat.