Wheat Research Organizations
There are many national and international organizations involved in the wheat research community. Some key groups include:
The National Wheat Improvement Committee is a nonprofit organization representing public and private wheat researchers. As outlined on the NAWG research page, NWIC and NAWG work together to set the industry’s wheat research priorities.
The U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative is aimed at developing control measures that minimize the threat of Fusarium head blight (scab), including the reduction of mycotoxins.
The Wheat Quality Council works to improve the value of all U.S. wheat classes for producers, millers and processors by advocating the development of new wheat varieties.
The Wheat Genetics Resource Center, located at Kansas State University, has established a national and international network to conduct and coordinate genetic studies in wheat.
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service touches many facets of wheat research, from investigations into quality and pest control to emerging threats and research coordination.
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is committed to improving livelihoods in developing countries. Though strong science and effective partnerships, CIMMYT creates, shares and uses knowledge and technology to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems and sustain natural resources. CIMMYT is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) network.
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium was established by a group of plant scientists, breeders and growers dedicated to sequencing the wheat genome to enhance our knowledge of the structure and function of wheat’s genetic material.