Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Mar 13, 2014 06:30 AM CDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- Kansas State researchers have assembled all the ingredients needed to produce a wheat line that could give farmers protection against the wheat curl mite and two of the damaging wheat diseases it carries.

A team of researchers from the university has isolated three distinct lines of wheat that have resistance to the mite, wheat streak mosaic virus and High Plains virus, Kansas State entomologist Mike Smith told DTN.

Later this year, Kansas State wheat breeder Allan Fritz will make crosses from these lines and submit them to Heartland Plant Innovations (HPI), a plant biotechnology company. HPI ...

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