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Wheat Improvement

Food Security in a Changing Climate

  • This comprehensive textbook will serve as a go-to reference work for young researchers

  • It will give readers a balanced perspective on proven breeding methods and emerging technologies

  • The content is rich in didactic material facilitating the learning of the readers

  • All chapter authors are leading experts with extensive experience with wheat production

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Table of contents (34 chapters)

  1. Translational Research to Incorporate Novel Traits

    1. Conserving Wheat Genetic Resources

      • Filippo Guzzon, Maraeva Gianella, Peter Giovannini, Thomas S. Payne
      Pages 299-318Open Access
    2. Exploring Untapped Wheat Genetic Resources to Boost Food Security

      • Julie King, Surbhi Grewal, John P. Fellers, Ian P. King
      Pages 319-340Open Access
    3. Disease Resistance

      • Michael Ayliffe, Ming Luo, Justin Faris, Evans Lagudah
      Pages 341-360Open Access
    4. Insect Resistance

      • Wuletaw Tadesse, Marion Harris, Leonardo A. Crespo-Herrera, Boyd A. Mori, Zakaria Kehel, Mustapha El Bouhssini
      Pages 361-378Open Access
    5. Yield Potential

      • M. John Foulkes, Gemma Molero, Simon Griffiths, Gustavo A. Slafer, Matthew P. Reynolds
      Pages 379-396Open Access
    6. Heat and Climate Change Mitigation

      • Dirk B. Hays, Ilse Barrios-Perez, Fatima Camarillo-Castillo
      Pages 397-415Open Access
    7. Drought

      • Richard A. Richards
      Pages 417-432Open Access
    8. Micronutrient Toxicity and Deficiency

      • Peter Langridge
      Pages 433-449Open Access
    9. Pre-breeding Strategies

      • Sivakumar Sukumaran, Greg Rebetzke, Ian Mackay, Alison R. Bentley, Matthew P. Reynolds
      Pages 451-469Open Access
    10. Translational Research Networks

      • Matthew P. Reynolds, Hans-Joachim Braun, Richard B. Flavell, J. Jefferson Gwyn, Peter Langridge, Jeffrey L. Rosichan et al.
      Pages 471-491Open Access
  2. Rapidly Evolving Technologies & Likely Potential

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 493-493
    2. High Throughput Field Phenotyping

      • Jose Luis Araus, Maria Luisa Buchaillot, Shawn C. Kefauver
      Pages 495-512Open Access
    3. Sequence-Based Marker Assisted Selection in Wheat

      • Marco Maccaferri, Martina Bruschi, Roberto Tuberosa
      Pages 513-538Open Access
    4. Application of CRISPR-Cas-Based Genome Editing for Precision Breeding in Wheat

      • Wei Wang, Eduard Akhunov
      Pages 539-556Open Access
    5. Accelerating Breeding Cycles

      • Samir Alahmad, Charlotte Rambla, Kai P. Voss-Fels, Lee T. Hickey
      Pages 557-571Open Access
    6. Improving Wheat Production and Breeding Strategies Using Crop Models

      • Jose Rafael Guarin, Senthold Asseng
      Pages 573-591Open Access
    7. Theory and Practice of Phenotypic and Genomic Selection Indices

      • José Crossa, J. Jesús Cerón-Rojas, Johannes W. R. Martini, Giovanny Covarrubias-Pazaran, Gregorio Alvarado, Fernando H. Toledo et al.
      Pages 593-616Open Access
  3. Correction to: Insect Resistance

    • Wuletaw Tadesse, Marion Harris, Leonardo A. Crespo-Herrera, Boyd A. Mori, Zakaria Kehel, Mustapha El Bouhssini
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  4. Correction to: Experimental Design for Plant Improvement

    • Ky L. Mathews, José Crossa
    Pages C3-C4Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 617-629

About this book

This open-access textbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date guide for students and practitioners wishing to access in a single volume the key disciplines and principles of wheat breeding. Wheat is a cornerstone of food security: it is the most widely grown of any crop and provides 20% of all human calories and protein. The authorship of this book includes world class researchers and breeders whose expertise spans cutting-edge academic science all the way to impacts in farmers’ fields. The book’s themes and authors were selected to provide a didactic work that considers the background to wheat improvement, current mainstream breeding approaches, and translational research and avant garde technologies that enable new breakthroughs in science to impact productivity. While the volume provides an overview for professionals interested in wheat, many of the ideas and methods presented are equally relevant to small grain cereals and crop improvement in general. The book is affordable, and because it is open access, can be readily shared and translated -- in whole or in part -- to university classes, members of breeding teams (from directors to technicians), conference participants, extension agents and farmers. Given the challenges currently faced by academia, industry and national wheat programs to produce higher crop yields --- often with less inputs and under increasingly harsher climates -- this volume is a timely addition to their toolkit.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Wheat Physiology, Global Wheat program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Texcoco, Mexico

    Matthew P. Reynolds

  • Global Wheat program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Texcoco, Mexico

    Hans-Joachim Braun

About the editors

Matthew Reynolds (m.reynolds@cgiar.org) is Distinguished Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and alumnus of Oxford (BA), Reading (MS) and Cornell (PhD) Universities. He currently leads the Wheat Physiology lab at CIMMYT, and serves on the management committee of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, as well as leading its community of practice for crop modelling. His pioneering work in phenomics and in physiological breeding have helped widen the spring wheat genepool and increased understanding of yield potential and adaptation of wheat to drought and heat stress. He has been active in developing global collaborations to tap into expertise of plant scientists worldwide –such as the International Wheat Yield Partnership and the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium, with the view to underpinning food security through crop improvement with a special focus on the Global South. He has published widely in the areas of crop physiology, genomics and pre-breeding and has been included in the top 1%, of the world's researchers since 2018 -most recently across plant and animal sciences- by Web of Science. He has honorary positions at Nottingham, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State Universities and is board member of the Global Plant Council. He is Fellow of both the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy and was appointed to the Mexican Academy of Science in 2018.


Hans-Joachim Braun, a native of Germany with background in wheat breeding has led CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program from 2004 until 2020, when he retired. He was responsible for technical direction and implementation of the program and lead and managed 40 internationally recruited scientists, who develop wheat germplasm that is distributed to around 200 cooperators in more than 100 countries and grown of more than 50% of the spring wheat area in developing countries. During his 37 years in International Agriculture, he became familiar with all major wheat based systems globally. He lived from 1985 to 2005 in Turkey, leading the Turkey CIMMYT ICARDA International Winter Wheat Improvement Program. He contributed to the development of more than 40 winter wheat varieties released mainly in West and Central Asia, which are grown on more than 2 million ha. Braun was instrumental in recognizing Zn deficiency and soil borne diseases as a major constraint for winter wheat production in the dryland areas of West Asia. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and received various awards, including the Friendship Award of China for his contribution to develop disease resistant wheat lines for Gansu province, the Crop Science of America Fellowship Award and the International Agronomy Award of the American Society of Agronomy. Braun received his Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 1983.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Wheat Improvement

  • Book Subtitle: Food Security in a Changing Climate

  • Editors: Matthew P. Reynolds, Hans-Joachim Braun

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90673-3

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-90672-6Published: 04 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-90675-7Published: 04 June 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-90673-3Published: 02 June 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: LII, 629

  • Number of Illustrations: 23 b/w illustrations, 110 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agriculture, Genetics and Genomics, Food Science, Biomedicine, general

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