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Improving wheat cultivation in Asia

Code: 9781838793265
Rajiv Kumar Sharma , Global Wheat Improvement Program – CIMMYT, India

Chapter synopsis: It has been estimated that wheat production in South Asia needs to grow at the rate of 2-2.5% annually until the middle of 21st century to feed its population. This chapter reviews some of the key issues which must be addressed in order to improve wheat cultivation in Asia. We begin by considering how the genetic diversity of wheat crops can be both improved and exploited, then review the improvement of breeding techniques. Strategies for dealing with biotic and abiotic stresses, improving quality, and improving cultivation practices are also covered. Finally, we offer a case study on improving wheat cultivation in India.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0004.41
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Improving and exploiting genetic diversity 3 Improving breeding techniques 4 Dealing with biotic stresses 5 Dealing with abiotic stresses 6 Improving aspects of quality 7 Improving cultivation practices 8 Case study: improving cultivation in India 9 Summary 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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