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Crop Improvement


Wheat Breeding

The Wheat Pre-breeding platform was established as a consortium. Revitalising the wheat industry, with wheat breeding high on the agenda, are clear priorities in the South African context. The country needs to develop high-yielding wheat cultivars that can withstand common wheat diseases and changing climate conditions. Currently South African breeders are involved in the development of wheat varieties adapted specifically to the local environment, with the aim of producing higher yields to supply the ever-growing domestic demand, while still maintaining quality. Grain SA is also collaborating with government to expand industry-funded research and development activities to complement current research efforts under this theme. A multi-stakeholder partnership on wheat between Grain SA, the Winter Cereal Trust and the Department of Science and Technology has been established with the objective of achieving a sustainable increase in wheat productivity.

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