New wheat gives more crop per drop

by Emily Buckley
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — A new drought tolerant hard wheat variety, has been released by a CSIRO joint venture organization, Graingene.

CSIRO Plant Industry scientist Dr. Richard Richards says the variety, Rees, has an advantage over comparable wheats in dry years, producing about 5% more grain despite receiving the same rainfall.

"Rees is the second variety to be developed using scientific gene selection criteria," Richards said.