90 million tonnes of wheat are grown in the eu per year but the quality of thewheat is affected by environmental stress factors experienced by the growing crop. Adverse quality effects may reduce the marketability of grain for premium grade use such as bread making and starch production. Grain of improved quality could replace grain imported into the eu. By determining the pathways and signals of stress transmission within a growing wheat plant, and by understanding how they affect genetically controlled switches in the plant, pre-treatments may be devised that would enable the plant to withstand environmental stresses likely to occur during the season. Alternatively, treatments could be applied after the stresses had been experienced in order to mollify the effects on grain quality. By monitoring the environmental growing conditions in the field, a farmer may be able i'o counteract the effects of stresses before damage is done.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
3730 AB De Bilt