The Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and Kansas Crop Improvement Association announced last week that collectively, they will fund more than $1.4 million dollars in wheat research for the 2014 fiscal year.
The research awards are for scientists with Kansas State University in Manhattan and Hays. The 2014 fiscal year runs from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Research funding comes from one-and-a-half cents collected on every bushel of wheat sold in the state through the Kansas Wheat Commission, royalties collected on licensed public varieties through the Kansas Wheat Alliance and contributions from the research support fund generated by certified seed growers.
Much of the funding is tied directly to core facets of new wheat variety development including: disease control and resistance, insect control and resistance, quality assessment, and genetic mapping and trait identification.
Other projects include use of advanced breeding technologies and new agronomic equipment.