Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

In October 2020, HeDWIC started a 5-year project supported by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) under award number – Grant ID: DFs-19-0000000013. The project, entitled “Harnessing translational research across a global wheat improvement network for climate resilience.”

Through developing and validating technologies in a systematic way, the project is filling the gap between promising research and applied crop improvement to deliver climate resilient wheat to farmers as quickly as possible (Fig 7). Read more at Reynolds et al., 2021, and 2021 and 2022 Press Releases.

Figure 7: Harnessing research across a global wheat improvement network for climate resilience: research gaps, interactive goals, and outcomes (Reynolds et al., 2021, shared under license CC-BY).


Several mini-projects are being undertaken within the framework on the HeDWIC FFAR project (see table, below). Read more about these here.

Table: Mini-Project Titles and Lead PIs/Institutions

Mini-Project Title

Lead PI/Institution

Discovering thermally stable wheat through exploration of leaf respiration in combination with photosystem II capacity and heat tolerance

Owen Atkin / The Australian National University

Identifying spike hormone traits for improved heat and drought tolerance in wheat

John Foulkes / University of Nottingham

Exploring novel approaches for determining genetic variation in heat-induced inhibition of growth in wheat

Erik Murchie / University of Nottingham

Targeted selection for thermotolerant isoforms of starch synthase

Eric Ober / National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

Multiseriate Cortical Sclerenchyma: A Novel Root Trait for Wheat Drought Stress Tolerance

Hannah Schneider / Wageningen University & Research

Scientific Advisory Body (SAB)

HeDWIC is grateful for the members of the Scientific Advisory Body (SAB) who provide input, feedback and support to the FFAR-funded project. The SAB is currently comprised of the following members:

Hans-Joachim Braun

Scott Chapman

Rob Horsch

Peter Langridge (Chair of SAB)

An Michiels

Jeff Rosichan


Reynolds, M.P., J.M. Lewis, K. Ammar, B.R. Basnet, L. Crespo-Herrera, et al. 2021. Harnessing translational research in wheat for climate resilience. Journal of Experimental Botany.

Press release

CIMMYT researchers and partners are applying genomics, remote sensing and big data analysis to fortify the crop against climate-related stresses.

Wheat Improvement

This open access textbook presents a comprehensive overview about wheat improvement latest trends, technologies and techniques.