Evaluating the bending strength of wheat as affected by moisture content and variety
Authors: Kareem, Shola, Hassan
Description: Wheat is a major food crop utilized in so many products ranging from baked goods to pasta among others. Growth-inhibiting factors like pests, insects, fungi, lodging and weather conditions may negatively affect wheat production. Plant breeders have come up with solutions for certain yield reducing factors but are still trying to figure out a way to stop or reduce lodging which is a major factor contributing to yield. In this research, the bending strength of stems of two hundred and fifty-six varieties of wheat at two moisture content (14% and 22%) were measured alongside its modulus of elasticity with correspondence to lodging, thus identifying the cultivar with the highest bending strength and modulus of elasticity. Lodging reduces grain yield to more than 25%. Hence, genetically increasing the stem and anchorage strength after knowing which properties are essential can go a long way in reducing lodging, increasing potential yield and thus meeting the global demand for wheat.
Keywords: moisture content, bending strength, modulus of elasticity, variety, wheat stem
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2017 Annual Conference, Canad Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 6-10 August 2017.
Session name: Poster Session
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering