Scientists discover new drought-resistant wheat gene
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Scientists at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, England in collaboration with an international team of researchers, discovered the new ‘reduced height’ or semi-dwarf gene called Rht13 of wheat.
Rht13 is a new drought-resistant semi-dwarf wheat gene that can be grown in dry soils.
This has raised a new hope for sowing wheat crops in water limited or drought prone environments.
These genes allow seeds to be planted deeper into the soil, providing access to moisture, without adverse effects on germination of wheat varieties.
Wheat varieties containing the Rht13 gene can rapidly increase yields and enable farmers to grow reduced hight wheat under dry soil conditions.
Since the 1960s and the Green Revolution, short height genes have increased global wheat yields and improved their sustainable potential.
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