Ministry of Agriculture to Test New Wheat Mutations Next August
The wheat has been adjusted to have a different genetic base, which aids in their ability to resist diseases and tolerate adverse environmental conditions.
Next August, the Ministry of Agriculture will begin testing newly developed mutations of wheat, which have been produced within the farms of the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority in Anshas. The project is expected to help raise the nation’s wheat output by 33%.
The wheat has been adjusted to have a different genetic base, which aids in their ability to resist diseases and tolerate adverse environmental conditions. Their seeds carry around 300 grains; by comparison, the varieties that are currently on the market carry around 80 to 100 grains.
Despite the productivity of newly generated wheat mutations, the registration process is estimated to take up to three years. The Egyptian government is attempting to fast track the process as much as possible, due to the international wheat shortage caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.