Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station
Active Projects 2013

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Project: COL00795 Department: Soil & Crop Sciences  
PIs: Haley, SD ; Johnson, JJ
Title: Improvement of Quality and Performance of Colorado Wheat
Begin Date: 07/01/2011 Term Date: 06/30/2016 Most recent project status: Revised
Objectives: 1) To make available, through breeding and testing, winter wheat cultivars and germplasm having desirable end-use quality characteristics; 2) To make available, through breeding and testing, winter wheat cultivars and germplasm having desirable agronomic characteristics, including high grain yield and yield stability, environmental stress tolerance, agronomic adaptation, and pest (disease and insect) resistance; 3) To conduct basic and collaborative research studies focused on mitigating constraints for effective production and marketing of wheat produced in Colorado.
Approach: Obtain a wide diversity of germplasm from domestic and international sources. Determine adaptability to Colorado conditions and use in hybridization to develop improved winter wheat cultivars and germplasm with the following characteristics: high yield and yield stability, good end-use quality (milling and bread-making), disease and insect resistance, environmental stress tolerance, and optimum agronomic adaptation for both dryland and irrigated production conditions. Conduct basic research relative to the genetic control of traits important to minimize production constraints and optimize end-use quality. Develop and evaluate methods of disease and insect resistance evaluation and bread-making quality.
Keywords: wheat winter wheat breeding disease resistance insect resistance milling and baking quality drought stress tolerance yield improvement marker assisted selection