Winter wheat’s complex genome is a challenge to researchers. But thanks to evolving technology, they’re understanding it better all the time. And now, they’re working with genes that offer the most natural resistance to head blight, one of wheat’s worst diseases. Throughout 2017 they coordinated research plots with 450 unique historic and modern winter wheat samples, from over 120 years of collecting, to look for traits, including the response to head blight. They called it their unique nod to Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Originally published November 2, 2017 on

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