Scientists in the national Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme (WISP) conduct wheat pre-breeding research, the results of which are made freely available to breeders.
Wheat is currently is the UK’s largest crop. Worldwide, more land is used to grow wheat than any other crop. It has overtaken rice to become the second most produced cereal after maize.
Pre-breeding supports the development of new varieties of wheat, and will have a major impact in addressing elements of the global challenge of food security.
The programme is funded by the BBSRC and coordinated by the John Innes Centre, in partnership with Rothamsted Research, National Institute for Agricultural Botany, the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol.
Clip cages clamped around a wheat leaf form small cages in order to study the interaction of aphids with the plant
Over the next 50 years, more wheat needs to be grown than has been produced in the 10,000 years since agriculture began.
The pooling of expertise made possible by the cross-institute programme will make it easier to train the next generation of scientists and ensure the continuity of research
The Cross-Institute Research Programme on Wheat Improvement (WISP) is a collaboration between the John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research, NIAB, the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol
Global Food Security
Worldwide, more land is used to grow wheat than any other crop. It has overtaken rice to become the second most produced cereal after maize. Wheat research supports the development of new wheat varieties, and will help address global food security issues.
The WISP Breeders' Diversity Toolkit is the result of joint resource development and analysis carried out across the Wheat Improvement project partners. Find out more and browse the toolkit at wisplandracepillar.jic.ac.uk/toolkitRead more