The focus of IWYP’s funding will be directed towards increasing the yield potential of wheat in environments all over the world.
This will be achieved by improving wheat’s photosynthesis and making sure that the captured carbon ends up in the grain of wheat.
To deliver increased wheat yield, a combination of fundamental bioscience and applied research will be needed. Together a program of research will develop new knowledge, models and wheat lines that can be used to improve wheat.
IWYP will target six key research areas:
- Uncovering genetic variation that creates the differences in carbon fixation and partitioning between wheat lines
- Harnessing genes from wheat and other species through genetic modification to boost carbon capture and fixation to increase biomass production
- Optimizing wheat development and growth to improve grain yields and harvest index
- Developing elite wheat lines for use in other breeding programs
- Building on discoveries in wheat relatives and other species
- Fostering breakthrough technology development that can transform wheat breeding