Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 34, Issue 2–3, pp 919–924 | Cite as

Effects of different Rht-B1b, Rht-D1b and Rht-B1c dwarfing genes on agronomic characteristics in wheat

  • Xing-Pu LiEmail author
  • Su-Que Lan
  • Yu-Ping Liu
  • M.D. Gale
  • T.J. Worland


The value of different dwarfing genes in winter wheat breeding was studied using 6 near-isogenic lines carrying different Rht dwarfing genes over three years experiment. Results showed that both the Rht-B1b and Rht-D1b semi-dwarfing genes had significantly positive effects on kernel number and grain weight per spike, and had significantly negative effects on 1000-grain weight comparing to the tall line (Rht-B1a). The Rht-B1c dwarfing gene had a significantly negative effect on kernel number per spike, and had positive effect on 1000-grain weight. The combination of the Rht-D1b and Rht-B1c gene showed significantly negative effect on yield components. All of these 5 dwarfing or semi-dwarfing genotypes mentioned above had significantly negative effect on plant height and no significantly effect on the area of flag leaf, spikelets per spike and spike length.

Key words

Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.Dwarfing gene Near-isogenic line (NILs) Agronomic characteristics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xing-Pu Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Su-Que Lan
    • 1
  • Yu-Ping Liu
    • 1
  • M.D. Gale
    • 2
  • T.J. Worland
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Cereal and Oil CropsHebei Academy of Agricultural and Forestry SciencesShijiazhuangChina
  2. 2.John Innes CentreNorwichUK

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