Drought tolerance in wild wheat species

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of droughts, and reduce the availability of irrigation water in many parts of the world.[i] Breeding drought-tolerant crops is thus essential for agriculture to adapt to climate change. Scientists have identified rich genetic diversity for drought tolerance within the wild progenitor of durum wheat, Triticum dicoccoides, and populations of this species and other wheat wild relatives are thus predicted to be a valuable resource for breeding wheat varieties that are more resilient and adapted to drought conditions.[ii]

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