Landrace Pillar of the Wheat Pre-breeding LOLA /Wheat Improvement Strategic Programme/ consortium

The WISP consortium is a BBSRC funded collaborative programme bringing together experts in wheat genetics and breeding from five institutions. WISP is a comprehensive pre-breeding programme - the first of its kind in over 20 years - aiming to guarantee the sustainability of wheat production against the background of growing global population and changing environment.

Specific goals of the project are to:

  • Understand the genetics behind factors limiting grain yield, such as drought tolerance, plant shape and resistance to pests and diseases.
  • Identify new and useful genetic variation from related species and  sources of wheat germplasm not adapted to target environments.
  • Cross wheat lines  to produce  germplasm that allows the identification of genees influencing key traits.
  • Generate a database of genetic markers, for use in precision breeding.

The good news for growers is that both the new germplasm and the information generated by this project will be made freely available. That means plant breeders can use the germplasm to cross with their existing lines, while academics will be able to make use of it to understand the mechanistic basis of key traits in bread wheat.

The main project website is http://www.wheatisp.org/

The Exotic Bread Wheat and Landrace Pillar

The overall aim is to develop germplasm which facilitates the identification, dissection, and assessment of novel genetic variation for traits that are available in landraces and other exotic bread wheat  lines, but not yet deployed in current UK germplasm, and facilitate the deployment of this variation into UK wheat breeding programmes.