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Heat-tolerant, fast-growing wheat developed for Senegal

by Futures Centre, Nov 23
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Researchers from the International Centre for Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, have used non-GM molecular breeding techniques to develop a set of durum wheat varieties that can withstand constant 35-40 degree heat along the savannah of the Senegal River basin. 

18 Farmers growing durum in the oasis

The project was funded by the Swedish Research Council, and recently awarded the 2017 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security – an international prize launched by the global agri-business in partnership with the Agropolis Fondation.  

ICARDA plans to use the $50,000 prize fund to establish a commercial partnership with the North African pasta and couscous industry.

 

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