Wheat has been grown and used by humans for nearly 10,000 years, and has been responsible for the creation and growth of civilizations around the globe. Despite its long history, wheat has lately come under fire as being "modernized" in ways that are detrimental to health. Meanwhile, some types of wheat have been called "ancient grains" and promoted as healthier.
This webinar will provide a description and history of how wheat is bred and how wheat genetics have changed (and not changed) since it was first cultivated. In addition, the presentation will describe how wheat breeders select favorable traits for developing wheat strains and how this impacts wheat's nutritional content in terms of protein and carbohydrate content.
- Describe wheat genetics past and present.
- Discuss the amounts of protein and starch found in wheat grown now and in the past.
- Describe the process by which wheat traits are chosen and developed for farmers.
- Answer the key question of whether today's wheat varieties actually differs from past varieties.