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Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC)

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Dr Matthew Reynolds, HeDWIC leader, Distinguished Scientist at the International Maize heatwaves and Wheat Improvement Centre, and GPC board member will share in this webinar the history of HeDWIC how the network came to be and funded, its aims and future projects.


Climate change is creating hotter and drier environments, and our food crops are struggling to survive in these more extreme conditions. The number of extreme weather events – droughts and included – have tripled in fewer than 40 years (since 1980), causing huge damage or loss to entire crops.

The Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC) is a network that facilitates global coordination of wheat research to adapt to a future with more severe weather extremes, specifically heat and drought. It delivers new technologies to wheat breeders worldwide via the International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN), coordinated for more than half a century by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.

This webinar is being organized by The Global Plant Council and The Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC).

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heat-and-drought-wheat-improvement-consortium-hedwic-tickets-151928709861

Scientists uncover how resistance proteins protect plants from pathogens

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In plants, disease resistance proteins serve as major immune receptors that sense pathogens and pests and trigger robust defense responses. Scientists previously found that one such disease resistance protein, ZAR1, is transformed into a highly ordered protein complex called a resistosome upon detection of invading pathogens, providing the first clue as to how plant disease resistance proteins work. Precisely how a resistosome activates plant defenses, however, has been unclear.

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The legume family tree: massive molecular study uncovers clues to the evolution and diversification of essential plant family

By | Agriculture, Botany, News, Plant Science

The most comprehensive study of the family tree for legumes, the plant family that includes beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop plants, reveals a history of whole-genome duplications. The study also helps to uncover the evolution of genes involved in nitrogen fixation—a key trait likely important in the evolutionary spread and diversification of legumes and vital for their use as “green manure” in agriculture.

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Unlocking herbaria biodiversity using a QR code sampling-to-sequencing workflow

By | Botany, News, Plant Science

Within the past decade, next-generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized the way in which genetic data are generated and analyzed. In the field of phylogenetics, this has meant that researchers are rapidly reconstructing the tree of life, a goal that biologists have been working toward since Darwin sketched the first phylogeny in his notebook in 1837.

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Researchers show new holistic approach to genetics and plant breeding

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A group of researchers has discovered a new approach to cereal plant breeding that takes into account the internal “calculator” of plant seeds that makes them continuously reorganise themselves (global coherence). The approach includes unforeseen and unintended changes in the plant when genetically manipulated by the plant breeders. The researchers expect that the method can be used to improve the world’s crops much more efficiently.

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