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Nutrient Efficient Wheat partnership (NEWp)

A collaborative research project with focus on early root growth, root to shoot ratio and leaf nitrogen content during grain filling of spring wheat.

Producing spring wheat with improved nutrient use

Spring wheat is frequently grown in Sweden to produce bread-making flour, for which e.g. high protein content (and thus high nitrogen content) is important. Especially the short growing seasons under Swedish conditions require spring wheat varieties with improved nutrient use efficiency early in the growing season.

A breeding company, expertise in crop science and genetics at SLU, a plant phenotyping facility in Germany and stakeholders are working together in this project. Our goal is to identify traits that are important for improving spring wheat yield and nutrient use under the cultivating conditions in Swedish agriculture.

Read more about the project and the four subprojects below.

Coordination, communication, field demonstration

Work package 1 coordinates the other work packages and will work with communicating research results, organize workshops and field demonstrations.

Screening root & shoot traits

In work package 2, we will screen many different spring wheat varieties in special growing facilities in a research center in Germany.

Field testing

In work package 3 we will grow a subset of the wheat varieties tested, under the controlled conditions in work package 2, in the field.

Mapping populations

Work package 4 is the starting point for developing a proof of concept evaluation of the most interesting traits for consideration in a breeding programme.

Published: 01 August 2023 - Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se


Martin Weih (Project Coordinator)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU
Department of Crop Production Ecology, Uppsala, Sweden

martin.weih@slu.se, +46 (0) 18-672543