What we do

A better supported HeDWIC will add value to developing more climate resilient wheat varieties by:

  • Facilitating global coordination of wheat research related to heat and drought stress.
  • Developing research and breeding technologies in response to the priorities of stakeholders (researchers, breeders, farmers, seed companies, national programs, and funding organizations). 
  • Connecting geographically and agro-climatically diverse sites for rigorous testing of promising concepts.
  • Curating data resources for use by the global wheat research community.
  • Accelerating the deployment of new knowledge and strategies for developing more climate resilient wheat.
  • Preparing a new generation of promising young scientists from climate-affected regions to tackle crop improvement challenges faced by their own countries. 
  • 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.

How does it work?

The expanded HeDWIC model is focused around a ‘Translational Research Mega-Platform’ that will facilitate targeted research (Figure 1), and test and deliver new germplasm across a range of realistic environments (Figure 2). The six components of this platform link to create an infrastructure that will enable utilization of transformative technologies and innovative thinking across a range of disciplines, as well as coordinate the efforts of HeDWIC collaborators worldwide and ensure timely delivery of outputs. ​Human capacity building will be integrated into all of these research, testing and delivery components.

Figure 1. Flow of HeDWIC Trait and Gene Research through the Translational Research Mega-Platform to provide better adapted wheat lines.

Figure 2. ​Mega- environments and testing sites of the International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN) embrace a global collaboration of wheat scientists testing approximately 1,000 new well-adapted, disease-resistant wheat lines each year at approximately 650 field sites, resulting in massive phenotypic data sets (Braun et al. 2010; Gourdji et al. 2012). To date, IWIN has collected over 11 million raw phenotypic data points and delivered germplasm estimated to be worth annually several billion dollars in extra productivity to hundreds of millions of farmers in less developed countries (Pingali 2012).