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Target Traits

Target Traits

Agronomic research goals emphasize improving protection against 14 or more fungal or viral diseases and four insect species, tolerance to drought and low-pH, Al-toxic soils, and manipulation of developmental factors which influence arrival time at specific growth stages. Emphasis on grain quality has traditionally focused on physical kernel characteristics and breadmaking quality, but the arrival of hard white wheat to the southern Great Plains has turned our attention to a new set of traits, such as kernel color, pre-harvest sprout tolerance, and tortilla quality. Parts of the GrazenGrainTM breeding system were implemented beginning in 1997, but by 2004, more than 80% of the OSU breeding populations were subjected to this system.