A few facts about wheat
US wheat breeders are constantly improving wheat quality, yield, disease and pest resistance to maintain and expand domestic and international markets. Most of the wheat varieties grown in the US (78%) are developed by public wheat breeding programs. Each breeding program targets traits most important to its region. Wheat breeding programs develop varieties for 10 different wheat market classes, aimed at different end-products, such as bread, pasta and cookies. Each market class has different quality requirements. High quality adds value to wheat for producers and end- users. Each region has different pest and disease problems. Breeding for resistance decreases grower cost, increases yield and quality and is good for the environment.
Marker Assisted Selection
Jamie Sherman (JSherman@Montana.edu) is the educational coordinator for the MASWheat and the TriticeaeCAP projects, you can contact her for comments and further information related to education and outreach.