Papers presented in this Special Issue of Crop and Pasture Science demonstrate the broad array of research that is being conducted worldwide in an attempt to understand and address the barriers to high-yielding, high-quality durum wheat production. This Special Issue arose out of discussions between durum wheat researchers at two recent international symposia on the genetics and breeding of durum wheat (Adelaide, Australia in 2012 and Rome, Italy in 2013). Being a minor wheat crop, typically many research reports on durum become dispersed in the main literature on wheat and other crops therefore a dedicated journal issue addressing this important crop is welcome amongst durum wheat researchers. The papers have been chosen to indicate the importance of combining different approaches to address the various challenges to growing durum wheat. Papers presented cover grain quality improvements through breeding and cytogenetics, introgression of useful genes from bread wheat or alien species, agronomic practices, understanding plant-pathogen relationships and the application of new technologies such as molecular markers and mutagenesis approaches such as TILLING.
The Editors thank the authors for their contributions, the funding agencies who supported this valuable work (in particular the Grains Research and Development Corporation), and the many reviewers for taking the time to rigorously assess the research presented in this Special Issue.
This special edition of the Journal will be of particular interest to research scientists, resource managers, as well as farmers, and is essential reading for anyone interested in durum breeding and the use of genetic resources.
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