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Wheat CAP

wheat

Date Funded: 2006
Amount: $5 million
Duration: 4 years

Objective: Advance technology to rapidly identify genes that may produce higher quality, disease-resistant wheat.

Why? Twenty percent of all calories consumed globally come from wheat-derived foods, such as bread and pasta. The research offers a potential solution to nutritional deficiences affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Impact: Researchers cloned a gene that controls protein, iron, and zinc levels in wheat, enhancing nutritional value by 10 to 15 percent and accelerating grain maturity.

Participants: University of California-Davis, lead institution

Colorado State University

Cornell University

Montana State University

North Carolina State University

North Dakota State University

Ohio State University

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Purdue University

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