Conducts research in wheat genetics and physiology to improve plant structure, increase wheat’s resilience and disease resistance, and its yield potential in Mexico and abroad. In 2015, MasAgro Wheat’s main achievements were:
• More than 100 agronomic and physiological traits of 60 elite lines of high yielding potential from the CIMMYT Core Germplasm II set (CIMCOG II) were evaluated with high throughput phenotyping technologies.
Manual harvest of the CIMCOGII field trial in Mexico’s Phenotyping Platform (MEXPLAT) in Sonora.
• Five elite lines were selected after analyzing three years of data collected from consecutive trials of the CIMCOG I set. Some lines were chosen for their resistance to lodging.
• Aerial phenotyping platforms with remote sensors where used to identify five high-yielding and drought tolerant lines and seven outstanding heat tolerant lines from more than 600 elite lines tested in the field.
Aerial multi-spectral and thermal photographs of lines tested under drought conditions during the fall/winter 2014-15 cycle in Obregón, Sonora.
• Nine Mexican students continued their PhD studies in prestigious international universities with the advice of acknowledged experts and using data from the MasAgro Wheat field trials. Three students concluded their PhD studies and two more are in line to achieve their degree in the first semester of 2016.
Mexican PhD student analyzing sugar content of nine CIMCOG lines tested at the Universidad Austral de Chile.