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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

Wheat disease common to South America jumps to Africa

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A deadly wheat disease common to Asia and South America has been identified in Africa for the first time, raising fears of potential spread to wheat crops across the continent. Researchers say that the fast-acting and devastating fungal disease known as wheat blast was first spotted in Africa in the Zambian rainfed wheat production system in the 2017-2018 crop cycle.

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Comprehensive and systematic evaluation of ~22,000 wheat accessions

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The national wheat improvement program in India has contributed significantly toward achieving food security since the advent of the green revolution in the 1960s. However, for the sustainable wheat production in this era of climate change, high yielding thermo-tolerant varieties with durable disease resistance, and with the capacity to produce more with less of water and fertilizers are urgently needed. Recently, the first study conducted on comprehensive and systematic evaluation of ~22,000 accessions of wheat was published.

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