Drough-resistant wheat a step closer

The University of Adelaide aims to produce a drought and heat resistant wheat variety at a multimillion dollar research hub.

Developing wheat better suited to Australia's hot and dry weather will be the focus of a multimillion dollar research centre at the University of Adelaide.

More than 1000 wheat varieties will be screened at the $11.4 million research hub in an attempt to create a variety able to withstand local conditions.

"Yields in Australia are low, mainly due to water limitation and high temperatures. A single hot day at the wrong time can reduce a yield by up to 50 per cent," director Sigrid Heuer said at the hub's launch on Friday.

Source AAP

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