Bahar Miraghazadeh and Dr. Peter Chandler (left) from the Australian research organization CSIRO
Advancing wheat breeding and launching new wheat varieties on the market are the aims of a new collaboration between Bayer CropScience and Texas AgriLife Research, a part of the Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas. The parties have signed a multi-year agreement to develop and commercialize improved wheat varieties. The collaboration utilizes Texas AgriLife Research’s extensive collection of wheat cultivars and germplasm and Bayer’s expertise in both classical and molecular plant breeding.
In particular, researchers and breeders at both institutions will focus on developing wheat lines that offer improved yields or regionally important characteristics such as drought resistance, disease resistance and improved quality. Texas AgriLife Research is a leading provider of winter wheat germplasm for the Southern Great Plains region of the U.S., and its collection will serve as a strong basis for developing these new lines. Additionally, the collaboration will focus on the development of molecular breeding tools to facilitate the rapid genetic improvement of wheat. The agreement complements the many other collaborations that Bayer has in wheat with organizations including South Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States, the agricultural research institute NARDI in Romania, the companies RAGT Semences in France and Evogene in Israel, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia.