5% SOLUTION: Researchers crack wheat’s genetic code, open door to higher yields

From the Capital Press

Researcher Jorge Dubcovsky and his team have identified one of the genes in wheat that increases yield — the holy grail for farmers.

Yield — the amount of wheat grown per acre — is how wheat farmers pay the bills.

“We always joke in wheat breeding that the first three top priorities are yield, yield and yield,” Dubcovsky, a University of California-Davis wheat breeder, told the Capital Press. “There are premiums and discounts for protein, but the grower is paid by the yield. That’s the only thing that the grower gets.” Read the rest of the article here.