What is it about?
Bread wheat is the third most important cereal food crop in the world after maize and rice. It contains about 55% starch, 13% protein, as well as some dietary fats, vitamin B, zinc, calcium, and iron. Despite its importance, wheat production is constrained by adverse climatic conditions such as the incidence of drought which results in reduced productivity and lowered grain yields globally. The testing of crop genotypes for drought tolerance based on their morpho-physiological response to drought stress may serve as the potent approach to the development of new cultivars. Information on morpho-physiological traits associated with enhanced wheat grain yields under moisture-stressed conditions is important for bread wheat improvement.
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Why is it important?
The identification and selection of drought tolerant genotypes is an economically viable and biologically superior approach to boosting wheat production in areas with moisture deficit.
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This page is a summary of: Evaluation of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes for drought tolerance using morpho-physiological traits under drought-stressed and well-watered conditions, PLoS ONE, May 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0283347.
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