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June 14, 2018 | High Plains Journal

Researchers Turn up the Heat on Wheat

Study looks at higher nighttime temperatures and its affect on yield and quality losses

Researchers Turn up the Heat on Wheat
Photo by Dan Donnert, Kansas State University Research and Extension

Kansas State University researchers are turning up the heat on wheat to prove the point that higher nighttime temperatures may be to blame for significant yield and quality losses in the crop, says a report from the High Plains Journal.

If what they believe is true, it could lead to improvements in breeding that would impact wheat grown around the world.

K-State Research and Extension wheat breeder Allan Fritz called the information critical, noting that it “feeds into breeding because it helps all the breeders — whether it’s the K-State program or private programs or programs around the world ­— to really understand heat tolerance and how to deploy it."

Read the full report here.

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