Tapping into Ancient Strains to Bring Heat-Tolerant Wheat to Senegal

How primitive wheat helped a team of scientists to build heat tolerant durum wheat varieties for the Senegal River Basin.

A group of scientists won the 2017 Olam Prize for Food Security for applying advanced breeding techniques to strains of primitive and modern wheat to develop a set of durum wheat varieties that can not only withstand constant 35 to 40 degree Celsius (95 to 104 degree Fahrenheit) heat, but also grow remarkably fast, in only 92 days.