Light on prospective in genetics

Kernza is the name of an North-American grass currently being tested in France. Unlike the USA the choice is to add this new species in the rotation over a period of about three years. Obviously she does not develop disease over 10 years, probably providing original and durable resistance genes. This species would therefore be an interesting parent to improve wheat. In the future we could imagine wheat with increased root growth and why not harvested over several years with increased agronomic and environmental performance. This species could also be considered as a companion plant in association with wheat or protein crops, for example.

It would thus be a question of increasing the production per hectare while developing new nutritional qualities taking into account the original protein profile of Kernza (especially low in glutenins). In permanent cover, competition with another crop could be managed by mowing, providing additional value.

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