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Wheat midge resistant wheat variety developed in Montana

Montana researchers claim to have developed a wheat variety resistant to wheat midge, which has caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to the State’s billion-dollar wheat industry.

July 15, 2015


Researchers at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Centre in Creston, Montana, claim to have developed a wheat variety resistant to wheat midge. The mosquito-sized insect feeds on wheat kernels and has caused millions of dollars of damage to Montana’s billion-dollar wheat industry.

The wheat’s resistant gene has proved to be highly effective in trials, and the new variety should be available to farmers in 2016.

Source: Lynda Kiernan, Oilseed & Grain Trade. 

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