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Washington State University To Develop Heat-Resistant Wheat

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University will lead an effort to develop wheat varieties that are better at tolerating the high temperatures found in most of the world's growing regions.
    
The $16 million project is part of the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future.
    
Researchers aim to have their first set of "climate-resilient" varieties in five years.
    
The research will focus on the North Indian River Plain in India, which is home to nearly one billion people and faces challenges such as limited water and rising temperatures.
    
Researchers will seek to identify genes or sets of genes associated with heat tolerance. A wheat plant's productivity falls off dramatically when temperatures rise above 82 degrees.

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