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What allows a popular variety of wheat to resist a destructive pest?

two plant containers of wheat

Texas A&M AgriLife Research has mapped the genes within a popular wheat variety that allow it to resist the wheat curl mite, which is a vector for several viruses, including wheat streak mosaic virus.

This new knowledge could help to reduce losses to mite-transmitted viral diseases throughout the western Great Plains, from the Texas Panhandle to the Canadian border, says Shuyu Liu, an AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo.