Kansas State Researchers Developing Wheat Resistant to Yield-Robbing Mites, Diseases

Wheat crops in Kansas have fallen prey to the wheat curl mite, which destroys wheat through diseases and viruses. But researchers from Kansas State are now developing new wheat that is resilient to these mites. They have found wheat that already carries a natural resistance to the mite and are working on creating different varieties of it. K-State entomology professor Mike Smith has a team of researchers that are working on these new varieties of wheat. “This is not GMO wheat,” he said, “this is done with genes that already exist in wheat. There is nothing transgenic or GMO about this.” By developing these different varieties, the need for pesticides may be eradicated, which could in turn increase profits for wheat producers.

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