Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Quote of the Week: “As we expand our understanding of the basic biological construction of food, [plant] breeders will deploy a greater variety of tools to identify and produce foods with attributes that can help feed the world as the climate, and thus our agricultural landscape, changes. “ – Mark McLellan, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Portland State University, in “The Borlaug Blog.” Read more here.
2019 Borlaug Field Award for Scientists Under Age 40. The World Food Prize Foundation announced recently that Dr. Hale Ann Tufan, of Turkey, is the 2019 Recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is recognized for championing the incorporation of gender-supportive activities within the global agricultural research community, working across disciplines to ensure women farmers and scientists are fairly represented in the lab, in the field and at the table. Read more here.
Register for the 2019 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The 2019 Symposium theme, “Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture,” will address the increasingly intersectional issues of food security, conflict and development. With topics ranging from diplomacy, climate, scientific innovation, and corporate leadership, this year’s Dialogue will serve as an opportunity to take stock of the current state of global agriculture and food security. Attendees will have access to 20 panel discussions and keynote addresses, 25+ breakout events, and opportunities to meet and network with experts, Laureates and leaders in food security and agriculture from over 40 countries. Learn more and register here.
New Wheat Variety for the Noodle Market. “Ryan,” the newest spring soft white wheat variety from Washington State University, is winning over Northwest farmers and grain buyers across the Pacific, thanks to its surprising ability to create an outstanding fresh noodle. “Ryan has hit harder and generated way more interest than anything I’ve done before,” said Mike Pumphrey, WSU’s O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair of Spring Wheat Breeding and Genetics. “What sets Ryan apart is its quite remarkable noodle quality.” Read more here.
Scientists Discuss Gene Editing and The Future Of Agriculture. “Diversity is needed for species to thrive and evolve in nature,” explains Dr. Amita Mohan, a professor of plant physiology at Temple University, quoted in an article on Innovature.com. “Variety is what leads to higher yield, disease resistance, stress tolerance and higher nutritional quality.” Mohan is using gene editing to spur diversity in wheat crop at a time where the crop’s yield is plateauing once again. Read more here.
IAOM-KSU Basic and Advanced Milling Principles. Through hands-on training in the Kansas State University milling facilities and classroom discussions at the IGP Institute, these two courses will further develop participants basic and advanced milling skills and understanding of the milling process. The IAOM-KSU Basic Milling Course will be held Oct. 7 to 11, 2019. Click here for more information about these courses and the IGP Institute.