Wolverine from RAGT, first wheat with barley yellow dwarf virus resistance, set for 2020 drilling
Sep. 5, 2019
The first wheat variety with resistance to a widespread yield-damaging virus is set to be available next autumn, cutting the need for multiple autumn insecticide sprays.
- Reduces insecticide applications when autumn conditions can be difficult in terms of soil conditions and weather.
- Benefits the environment and beneficial insects from less insecticide spraying.
- Reduces risk of virus if warmer winters become the norm.
- Reduces risk of spring infection in winter cereals.
He also points out that the lack of neonicotinoid seed treatment will increase selection pressure on pyrethroids, where there is already well-known resistance in the aphid populations.
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