U.S.-Pakistan wheat breeders’ cooperation develops unique pool of wheat genetics to fight wheat diseases

On Tuesday, 8th September, 2015; The Annual Wheat Planning and Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (WPEP) meeting held at National Agricultural Research Center (NARC).  The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Project (WPEP) has primary goal to protect and enhance the productivity of wheat in Pakistan, with particular attention to wheat rusts, which are difficult and expensive to treat with pesticides. The only real way to deal with the disease, according to experts with the USDA, is through the development of new, disease resistant strains of wheat. On the occasion, Country Representative CIMMYT, Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz apprised the participants about the details and informed them that as many as 04 stem rust, 28 yellow rust and 14 leaf rust diseases were identified during this programme. Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said “Research in wheat during the last four decades has enabled Pakistani farmers to boost their per hector yield by over 224 percent ,from 862 kilograms per hector in 1965 to 2,800 kilograms in 2015.” Dr. David Marshall, the Research Leader at the USDA ARS Plant Science Research Unit said that a unique pool of wheat genetic resources has been developed by this project. These genetic resources can be used by Pakistani, and U.S. wheat breeders, to improve disease resistance as well as grain yield and flour quality.”

 

Original Link: http://www.parc.gov.pk/index.php/en/component/content/article/122-news-flash/1179-annual-wheat-planning-and-wheat-productivity-enhancement-programme-wpep-meeting