Research and development paves the way for genetic wheat breeding

February 8th, 2018

Latest research and development outcomes in the Wheat industry may pave the way for breeding programs to deliver the next generation of high performance crops.

The new research technique used is Hyperspectral Reflectance which is a phenotyping tool that uses a new methodology that speeds up the process and delivers new, valuable genetic information.

The colour of light is reflected from leaves, which contains information about many leaf properties including photosynthesis. This process enables measurement of many plants to map populations and identify useful genes for improving crop production. The new methodology has been published in a recent study in the Journal of “Experimental Botany”.

The following research will allow for rapid discovery of genetic markers associated with photosynthetic traits that can be introduced into the wheat breeding pipeline.

Current conventional techniques take 20 minutes per leaf to get just a fraction of the information that the new method can obtain, which can be used to analyse up to 100 measurements an hour.


The new research technique was field tested on wheat in Australia and Mexico and has since been used on other crops including corn, rice and sorghum in Australia, the UK and USA.

Companies engaging in R&D are greatly supported and can be eligible to receive up to a 43.5% tax offset for eligible R&D expenditure. Swanson Reed R&D Tax Consultants help companies to claim this incentive and ensure that they receive the maximum amount they are eligible for. Contact one of our advisors today for an eligibility assessment, we look forward to speaking with you and guiding you through the process of attaining your company’s tax incentive.