The International Wheat Yield partnership (IWYP) brings together funding from public and private international research organisations. This unique collaboration aligns with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) strategic priority in agriculture and global food security.
IWYP targets six key research areas:
- Uncovering genetic variation that creates the differences in carbon fixation and partitioning between wheat lines.
- Harnessing genes from wheat and other species through genetic modification to boost carbon capture and fixation to increase biomass production.
- Optimising wheat development and growth to improve grain yields and harvest index.
- Developing elite wheat lines for use in other breeding programmes.
- Building on discoveries in wheat relatives and other species.
- Fostering breakthrough technology development that can transform wheat breeding.