New Look for Wheat Breeding


Gathering millions of data points from thousands of wheat breeding lines across Texas is now as simple as riding a bike – or pushing one, in this case.

Jackie Rudd, Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder, and Srirama Krishna Reddy, assistant research scientist, both in Amarillo, say their new walk-behind phenotyper is still a work in progress with respect to data analysis and management, but strapping new technology with old technology is certainly making the process quicker and more reliable.

Traditional breeders depend on their eyes, Rudd says, but now they are using remote-sensing data to improve those “eyes-on” selections.

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