HeDWIC’s value and impact

With the new wheat varieties that HeDWIC helps develop, wheat farmers and consumers will have more reliable food and income. Farmers will also be better able to cope with a changing climate, reducing risk of catastrophic wheat crop losses. ​HeDWIC enables a better-coordinated wheat research and development community, while training the next generation of crop experts to tackle new problems as they evolve. Furthermore, HeDWIC provides a research, organizational and capacity building model that can benefit other important food crops.

HeDWIC adds value and creates impact by:

  • Facilitating global coordination of wheat research related to heat and drought stress (see Collaboration).
  • Developing research and breeding technologies in response to the priorities of stakeholders (researchers, breeders, farmers, seed companies, national programs, and funding organizations) (see Projects). 
  • Connecting geographically and agro-climatically diverse sites for rigorous testing of promising concepts (see Global Network).
  • Curating data resources for use by the global wheat research community (see Resources).
  • Accelerating the deployment of new knowledge and strategies for developing more climate resilient wheat (see Resources).
  • Preparing a new generation of promising young scientists from climate-affected regions to tackle crop improvement challenges faced by their own countries (see Doctoral Training Program). 
  • Building additional scientific capacity of wheat researchers in a coordinated fashion that enables a faster response to productivity threats associated with climate change.
  • Enabling farmers to adapt to wheat production in a hotter and drier climate faster due to the coordinated effort and synergy lent by HeDWIC.

Variety Releases

The following table provides examples of relevant mainstream wheat variety releases, by country, year and wheat type, that all have a baseline heat and drought tolerance, some of which are also biofortified (special trait). In addition, occasionally variety releases are made directly from physiological trait pre-breeding activities in regions where heat and/or drought are particularly acute, such as with the varieties Pakistan-13’, ‘Borlaug-16’ and ‘Kohat-17’ (See also Reynolds et al., 2017, Strategic crossing of biomass and harvest index—source and sink—achieves genetic gains in wheat).  

Country

Year

Type

Variety Release Name

Special trait

Afghanistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

Jowzjan 20

Afghanistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

Kunar 20

Afghanistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

Nasrat 20

Afghanistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

Paktia 20

Algeria

2020

Spring breadwheat

Bordj Mehis

Algeria

2020

Spring breadwheat

El Hachimia

Algeria

2020

Spring breadwheat

Nif Encer

Bangladesh

2020

Spring breadwheat

WMRI Gom 3

Ethiopia

2020

Spring breadwheat

BORU

Ethiopia

2020

Spring breadwheat

DURSA

Ethiopia

2020

Spring breadwheat

ADET 1

India

2020

Spring breadwheat

DBW 303

India

2020

Spring breadwheat

WH1270

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

Araz

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

Arman

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

Farin

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

KABIR

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

PAYA

Iran

2020

Spring breadwheat

Sahar

Kenya

2020

Spring breadwheat

Kenya Hyrax

Kenya

2020

Spring breadwheat

Kenya Impala

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Bheri-Ganga

Biofortified

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Borlaug 2020

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Himganga

Biofortified

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Khumal-Shakti

Biofortified

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Zinc Gahun 1

Biofortified

Nepal

2020

Spring breadwheat

Zinc Gahun 2

Biofortified

Pakistan

2021

Spring breadwheat

MH-2021

Pakistan

2021

Spring breadwheat

SUBHANI-21

Pakistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

MA-2020

Pakistan

2020

Spring breadwheat

Bhakkar-20

Peru

2020

Spring breadwheat

INIA 440 K’ANCHAREQ

Turkey

2020

Spring breadwheat

KARMEN

Turkey

2020

Spring breadwheat

Kirve

Turkey

2020

Spring breadwheat

SAHIKA

Turkey

2020

Spring breadwheat

SIMGE

Algeria

2020

Spring durum wheat

Moulat Eddar

Algeria

2020

Spring durum wheat

Ouled Mostefa

Iran

2020

Spring durum wheat

Sana

Iran

2020

Spring durum wheat

Taban

Mexico

2020

Spring durum wheat

CAMACHO ORO C2020

Mexico

2020

Spring durum wheat

DON GOYO C2020

Mexico

2020

Spring durum wheat

DON LUPE C2020