Pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) in wheat is defined as germination of grains in the ear on the mother plant before harvest. PHS decreases the quality of the end product. It is thus a serious problem in the regions of the world where the rainy season tends to overlap with the harvest season. The most suitable way to reduce PHS damage is to develop varieties with higher grain dormancy. We identified a major gene, QPhs.ocs-3A.1, from the highly dormant variety “Zenkoujikomugi”. The DNA markers characterizing this QTL will contribute to breeding of new varieties for preventing PHS.
List of current research topics
Enhansment of stress torerance in wheat
Affiliated academic society
Japanese Society of Breeding
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