Economic Analysis of Diversity in Modern Wheat

Date released
15 March 2010
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Erika C.H. Meng and John P. Brennan (eds)


Scientific breeding in the twentieth century greatly accelerated wheat's evolution, producing high-yielding varieties that helped avoid famine in many developing countries. Emerging scientific tools hold promise for identifying and tapping new, useful genetic diversity within wheat's primary and secondary gene pools and, through genetic engineering, beyond. The book describes generally how policies affect wheat genetic diversity; it looks at historical changes in wheat genetic diversity, as policy and priorities have evolved; it identifies factors that explain changes and differences in spatial diversity; and finally, it analyses the productivity impacts of changes in diversity. Wheat genetic diversity has been the topic of numerous studies by ACIAR, which contributed financially to the publication of the book.