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Somaclonal Variation in Triticale

  • M. C. Jordan
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 13)


Triticale (× Triticosecale Wittmack) is a man-made cereal grain developed through the hybridization of wheat (Triticum aestivum or Triticum durum) and rye (Secale cereale) The first fertile hybrid was developed by Rimpau in 1891 but interest in developing triticale as a potential crop species did not occur until after the discovery of the chromosome doubling property of colchicine in the 1930’s (Bushuk and Larter 1980). It was hoped that triticale would combine the quality and productivity of wheat with the vigor and hardiness of rye.


Somaclonal Variation Immature Embryo Spike Length Triticum Durum Kernel Characteristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Jordan
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  1. 1.Plant Biotechnology InstituteNational Research CouncilSaskatoonCanada

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