Funded Projects



IWYP Research Projects

The total value of the 14 IWYP funded research projects is around US $30.7 million. The IWYP Research Projects projects involve various institutions and research teams in the United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Mexico, India, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and New Zealand. The science areas of these research projects include:

  • Optimizing root systems to improve genetic yield potential
  • Finding and employing traits and genes to increase photosynthesis
  • Optimizing and coordinating the whole plant source-sink system to fully realise
    photosynthetic potential as grain yield
  • Testing genes to boost spike development
  • Reducing respiration and thereby enhancing photosynthetic efficiency
  • Optimizing canopy architecture to increase carbon capture and conserve nitrogen
  • Using selected genes from other species to increase biomass and yield
  • Optimizing plant phenology leading to increased harvest index
  • Combining crop simulation models, field experiments and crop physiology to
    quantify the impact of traits on wheat grain yield potential



Rooty: A Root Ideotype Toolbox to Support Improved Wheat Yields

Project Lead – Eric Ober, National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NIAB) (GBR)
Principal partners – University of Queensland (AUS); John Innes Centre (GBR); University of Bologna (ITA); Justus Liebig University (DEU); Forschungszentrum Jülich (DEU); CIMMYT (MEX)


Speeding the Adjustment of Photosynthesis to Shade-Sun Transitions to Increase Yield Potential in the Field

Project Lead – Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Lancaster University (GBR)
Principal partners – CIMMYT (MEX);


Traits for increasing wheat grain yield

Project Lead – Senthold Asseng, University of Florida (USA)
Principal partners – INRA (FRA); Leibniz-Zentrum fur Agrarlandschaftsforschung (DEU); CIMMYT (MEX); Plant and Food Research (NZL)


Isolation of Genetic Variation for Flowering Morphology for Hybrid Wheat Production

Project Lead – Julie King, University of Nottingham (GBR)
Principal partners – CIMMYT (MEX)


Manipulating Stomatal Blue Light Response in Wheat to Improve Productivity

Project Lead – Tracy Lawson, University of Essex (GBR)
Principal partners – John Innes Centre (GBR); Lancaster University (GBR); CIMMYT (MEX)


Transforming Yield through Source-Sink Synchronization

Project Lead – Matthew Paul, Rothamsted Research (GBR)
Principal partners – CIMMYT (MEX); Oxford University (GBR)


Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency to Increase Wheat Yield

Project Lead – Christine Raines, University of Essex (GBR)
Principal partners – Lancaster University (GBR); University of Illinois (USA); Rothamsted Research (GBR)


Molecular Dissection of Spike Yield Components in Wheat

Project Lead – Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Center (GBR)
Principal partners – University of California, Davis (USA); CIMMYT (MEX)


Improving Wheat Yield by Optimizing Energy Use Efficiency

Project Lead – Barry Pogson, Australian National University (AUS)
Principal partners – University of Western Australia (AUS); CIMMYT (MEX); University of Adelaide (AUS)


Increasing Carbon Capture by Optimizing Canopy Resource Distribution

Project Lead – Andrew Merchant, University of Sydney (AUS)
Principal partners – University of California, Davis (USA); Agharker Research Institute (IND)


Using Next Generation Genetic Approaches to Exploit Phenotypic Variation in Photosynthetic Efficiency to Increase Wheat Yield

Project Lead – Anthony Hall, Earlham Institute (GBR)
Principal partners – Lancaster University (GBR); CIMMYT (MEX); Australian National University (AUS)


AVP1, PSTOL1 and NAS – Three High Value Genes for Higher Wheat Yield

Project Lead – Stuart Roy, University of Adelaide (AUS)
Principal partners – University of Melbourne (AUS); Arizona State University (USA); Cornell University (USA); University of California, Riverside (USA); Rothamsted Research (GBR)


A Genetic Diversity Toolkit to Maximize Harvest Index by Controlling the Duration of Developmental Phases

Project Lead – Simon Griffiths, John Innes Center (GBR)
Principal partners – University of Bristol (GBR); University of Buenos Aires (ARG); CSIRO (AUS); CIMMYT (MEX); ICREA (ESP)


Wider and Faster: High-Throughput Phenotypic Exploration of Novel Genetic Variation for Breeding High Biomass and Yield in Wheat

Project Lead – Erik Murchie, University of Nottingham (GBR)
Principal partners – University of Bristol (GBR); Lancaster University (GBR); University of Essex (GBR)

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NIFA-IWYP Research Projects

The total value of the 7 NIFA-IWYP funded research projects is around US $15.45 million. The projects involve various institutions and research teams in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Mexico. The science areas of these research projects include:

For the 6 Standard Grants:

  • The deployment of genome editing technologies to create novel variation that leads to significant increases in the genetic yield potential of wheat.
  • Photosynthesis – high impact changes in the deposition of carbon compounds during plant development.
  • Development of methods of measuring yields and other important phenotypic traits in field plots using new technologies.
  • Development of practical systems for facile implementation of hybrid wheat breeding programs leading to commercial production of hybrids.

For the large Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) grant:

  • Discovery of novel genetic variation and the underlying genes that increase floret number, grain number, and grain size
  • Development of genetic tools for genetic discoveries to facilitate breeding of improved grain traits
  • Enhanced carbon capture where increased carbohydrates are then available to improve grain formation and development
  • Maximization of spike photosynthesis that leads to enhanced grain yield
  • Optimization of carbon assimilation, carbohydrate mobilization, partitioning/redistribution to grain
  • Optimization of the timing of breakdown, release and transport of sucrose to the developing spike
  • Optimization of plant phenologies for different environments that leads to increased yield as related to grain traits
  • Improvements in sink dynamics such as the timing and duration of flowering, the size of the spike, number of florets laid down, pollination efficiencies and grain size

Jesse Poland

Wheat Yield Prediction and Advanced Selection Methodologies Through Field-Based High-Throughput Phenotyping With UAVs

Project Lead – Jesse Poland, Kansas State University (USA)
Principal Partners- Washington University (USA); CIMMYT (MEX)


Jorge Dubcovsky

Validation, Characterization and Deployment of QTL For Grain Yield Components In Wheat

Project Lead – Jorge Dubcovsky, University of California, Davis (USA)

Principal Partners – Kansas State University (USA); University of Minnesota (USA); Montana State University (USA); Colorado State University (USA); Washington State University (USA); Oklahoma State University (USA); University of Idaho (USA); South Dakota State University (USA); Texas A&M University (USA); University of Arkansas (USA); Cornell University (USA); North Carolina State University (USA); Michigan State University (USA); University of Nebraska (USA); University of Kentucky (USA); USDA-ARS Manhattan (USA); USDA-ARS Raleigh (USA); USDA-ARS Fargo (USA); USDA-ARS Pullman (USA); CIMMYT (MEX)

Arnold Bloom

Influence of Nitrogen Form On Wheat Carbon Fixation, Grain Yield, and Protein Yield

Project Lead – Arnold Bloom, University of California, Davis (USA)
Principal Partners- CIMMYT (MEX)

Stephen Baenziger

Developing The Tools and Germplasm For Hybrid Wheat

Project Lead – Stephen Baenziger, University of Nebraska, (USA)
Principal Partners – Texas A&M University (USA); The Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (GER); University of Hohenheim (GER); Kansas State University (USA); CIMMYT (MEX)

Eduard Akhunov

Genome Editing For Improving Wheat Yield and Yield-Related Traits

Project Lead – Eduard Akhunov, Kansas State University (USA)
Principal Partners – Oklahoma State University (USA); Cornell University (USA); University of California, Davis (USA); John Innes Centre (GBR)

Wanlong Li

Crispr-Based Genome Editing Of Grain Size Regulators For Novel Variation To Increase Wheat Genetic Yield Potential 

Project Lead – Wanlong Li, North Dakota State University (USA)
Principal Partners – Iowa State University (USA)

Ali Babar

Advancing Harvest Index In Wheat Through Genomic Enabled Physiological Breeding 

Project Lead – Md Ali Babar, University of Florida (USA)
Principal Partners – University of Nottingham (GBR); CIMMYT (MEX); USDA-ARS Manhattan (USA)