The Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) is a public-private research consortium that mines and harnesses the valuable attributes of wheat's ancient ancestors to help breeders — and then farmers — produce better quality wheat and higher yielding crops.
Genetic diversity is needed to improve wheat. Without such diversity, breeders will be unable to make progress necessary to protect the yield of wheat farmers while providing opportunities to deliver value to the consumer. WGRC's mission is to mobilize genetic diversity to enhance wheat yields and meet food security and consumer needs.
WGRC's research systematically unlocks the genetic potential of wild wheats to deliver value to farmers, seed companies, milling and food manufacturers, and consumers. The portfolio is designed to efficiently discover traits within the wild wheat collection that protect wheat yields from drought, heat, pests, and disease. Meanwhile, researchers are searching within these wild wheats for unique flavors, nutrition, and functionality to develop healthy and delicious ingredients for the dinner table.
The research portfolio is designed to increase the speed at which new traits can be utilized and to systematically deliver these traits to the marketplace.