Understanding spring wheat growth and development is essential to achieving optimum productivity. Spring wheat proceeds through a sequence of easily recognizable growth stages that are described by several staging schemes, the most comprehensive being the Zadoks system. Wheat Triticum aestivum L. These types are usually planted in the fall, which exposes the seedlings to cold temperatures during late fall and winter. Both winter and spring types, when properly grown in Minnesota, head in the late spring or early summer and mature by mid- to late-summer.
Figure 1 shows major developmental stages in spring wheat and approximate time intervals between them in Minnesota. A difference in maturity may exist among varieties or between seasons. A number of staging systems have evolved for describing wheat development.
We describe the Zadoks system, which is becoming the most universally accepted, in detail. In addition, we introduce the Haun and Feekes-Large staging systems. The Zadoks system applies to any small grain and its stages are easy to identify in the field. The first digit of this two-digit code shown in Table 1 refers to the principal stage of development beginning with germination stage 0 and ending with kernel ripening stage 9.
The second digit between 0 and 9 subdivides each principal growth stage. A second digit value of 5 usually indicates the midpoint of the principal stage.
For example, a 75 refers to medium milk stage of kernel development. In seedling growth, principal growth stage 1, the second digit refers to the number of emerged leaves. To be counted, a leaf must be at least 50 percent emerged.
A 13, for example, indicates that three leaves are at least 50 percent emerged on the main shoot. Do not count tiller leaves. For the purposes of herbicide application, the seedling stage stage 1 identifying the leaf numbers is useful. For the tillering principal stage stage 2the second digit indicates the number of emerged tillers present on the plant.
For example, a plant with one tiller and three leaves could be described by either or both of the Zadoks stages 13 and 21 Figure 1. As the plant matures, the Zadoks stages describing kernel development are usually used alone.
The length of each emerging leaf is expressed as a fraction of the length of the preceding fully emerged leaf. For example, a 3.Wheatany of several species of cereal grasses of the genus Triticum family Poaceae and their edible grains. Wheat is one of the oldest and most important of the cereal crops. Of the thousands of varieties known, the most important are common wheat Triticum aestivumused to make bread ; durum wheat T.
Additionally, some wheat is used by industry for the production of starchpaste, maltdextrose, glutenalcoholand other products. For treatment of the cultivation of wheat, see cereal farming. For the processing of wheat grain, see cereal processing. The wheat plant has long slender leaves and stems that are hollow in most varieties. The inflorescences are composed of varying numbers of minute flowersranging from 20 to The flowers are borne in groups of two to six in structures known as spikelets, which later serve to house the subsequent two or three grains produced by the flowers.
Though grown under a wide range of climates and soils, wheat is best adapted to temperate regions with rainfall between 30 and 90 cm 12 and 36 inches. Winter and spring wheat are the two major types of the crop, with the severity of the winter determining whether a winter or spring type is cultivated.
Winter wheat is always sown in the fall; spring wheat is generally sown in the spring but can be sown in the fall where winters are mild. The nutritional composition of the wheat grain varies somewhat with differences in climate and soil. On an average, the kernel contains 12 percent water, 70 percent carbohydrates, 12 percent protein2 percent fat1. Thiaminriboflavinniacinand small amounts of vitamin A are present, but the milling processes removes most of those nutrients with the bran and germ.
Most wheat used for food requires processing. The grain is cleaned and then conditioned by the addition of water so that the kernel breaks up properly. In milling, the grain is cracked and then passed through a series of rollers.
As the smaller particles are sifted out, the coarser particles pass to other rollers for further reduction. About 72 percent of the milled grain is recovered as white flour. Flour made from the whole kernel is called graham flour and becomes rancid with prolonged storage because of the germ-oil content retained.
White flour, which does not contain the germ, preserves longer. Inferior and surplus wheats and various milling by-products are used for livestock feeds. The greatest portion of the wheat flour produced is used for breadmaking.
Wheats grown in dry climates are generally hard types, having protein content of 11—15 percent and strong gluten elastic protein. The hard type produces flour best suited for breadmaking. The wheats of humid areas are softer, with protein content of about 8—10 percent and weak gluten.
The softer type of wheat produces flour suitable for cakes, crackers, cookies, and pastries and household flours. Durum wheat semolina from the endosperm is used for making pastasor alimentary pastes. Article Media. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.This disease is very common and widespread.
It causes great damage in the wheat growing tracts of India, particularly in the Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and certain districts of Madhya Pradesh.
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Luthra reported that in India, the disease causes loss of over 50 million rupees annually. In Punjab the disease is called Kangiari. The smutted ears Fig. They bear loose, black, powdery masses of smut spores instead of flowers. All the ovaries and other floral parts except the awns and rachics are converted into masses of smut spores.
In the young spikelets before emergence each ovary has become a spore sac. It is the home of millions of spores. The spores of each spikelet are covered by a thin greyish or silvery membrane. By the time the ear emerges from the boot leaf the membrane ruptures to expose the black powdery mass of spores. The ear is generally completely destroyed except the awns and the rachis.
When the wind blows the spores are blown off and the bare rachis and central axis is left behind. To it may cling a few spores that have not been blown off by the wind. It is not necessary that all the ears of a wheat plant may be smutted. Some may be found to be healthy and others diseased. The causal organism of this disease is Ustilago tritici Pers. Fisher transferred U. Popp holds that since the two species differ in the type of teliospore germination, they should be considered as distinct species.
The disease is internally seed borne. The mycelium of the fungus lies dormant in the grain Fig. Ustilago tritici is an internal parasite.
It has a dikaryotic mycelium. The hyphae ramify the intercellular in spaces of the host tissue. They absorb nutrition from the host cells by diffusion. The hyphae do not produce haustoria. The mycelium grows keeping pace with the growth of the host plant.
It is chiefly confined to the stem Fig. At the time of flowering and when the inflorescence is still enclosed by the boot leaf, the mycelial hyphae enter into the ovaries of flowers. Within the ovary each hypha grows vigorously and branches repeatedly to form a dense mass of hyphae Fig. The latter destroy the host tissue in the ovaries and surrounding floral parts. The cells of these hyphae are binucleate. The hyphae undergo additional septation to form short binucleate cells.
These cells swell and round off to form binucleate smut spores Fig. The smut spores are called the brand spores. Some mycologists prefer to call them teliospores. They are spherical to oval and measure 5.
They have a finely echinulate thick spore wall which is olivaceous brown but slightly lighter on one side. The teliospores are produced in enormous numbers.Contact your local county Extension office through our County Office List. Print this fact sheet. The wheat stem sawfly is a native grassfeeding insect that has long been a threat to spring wheat production in the northern plains. In the early s, however, it emerged as a significant pest of winter wheat as well.
Since then, sawfly infestations in winter wheat have spread from North Dakota and Montana into southeastern Wyoming, the Nebraska Panhandle, and, most recently, northeastern Colorado. Damage to winter wheat was first reported in Colorado infrom areas along Colorado Highway 14 in Weld County. Since that time, it has been found infesting winter wheat as far south as Baca County. The wheat stem sawfly produces one generation per year. It is wasplike in appearance, with a shiny black body with three yellow bands around the abdomen.
When not in flight they often are found on wheat stems, positioned with the head pointed downward. Females lay eggs immediately upon emergence and typically live about one week. The adult emergence and flight period continues for weeks. They are not strong fliers and usually only fly until they find the nearest wheat field or other suitable host grasses.
They preferentially select the largest wheat stems available and insert eggs into the first available internode or when a stem is fully developed, below the uppermost node.
If sawflies are abundant, eggs may be laid in smaller stems, and multiple eggs may be laid in a single stem. However, only one larva will survive in each stem due to cannibalism. Females lay an average of eggs, depending on the size of available host stems. Eggs are difficult to detect because they occur inside the stem. Sawfly larvae are always found within the stem and will assume an S-shaped position when taken out of the stem.
They move slowly down the stem as they feed, for approximately 30 days.Wheat is an annual cereal grass genus Triticum that achieves a height of 2 to 3 feet and is then harvested and milled. It is grown in 42 U. The kernel is the seed of the wheat plant and is housed in the head or spike, when speaking of an immature plant.How to Grow Wheatgrass at Home by Soil Less Easy Method
The kernel, or wheatberry, is composed of three parts: the endosperm soluble fiberthe bran insoluble fiber and the germ the sprouting section of the seed. The bulk of the kernel is the endosperm, the main source of white flour. The bristly material that protects the wheat kernel is called the beard. Not all wheat grasses have this; those that don't are called awnless. The benefits of not having wheat beards are twofold. Inclement weather does not prove as damaging to growing crops, as awnless varieties are less dusty.
Awnless wheat is easier for livestock to graze on as well. Today, both awned and awnless wheats are frequently dried and used in cut flower arrangements. Like most plants, wheat grasses have stems that support the head of the plant. These stems are hollow and become straw after the kernel is harvested. Some farmers grow wheat for straw production only. Straw is used as mulch frequently for strawberriesanimal bedding and feed, and decoration in straw bales at Halloween, for instance.
The leaves of the wheat grass plant are long and thin. They protect the head of the plant and gather light for photosynthesis. The main protector is called the flag leaf. It is the topmost and youngest leaf on the stem. The flag leaf emerges when at least three nodes joint stems are noticeable above the soil and provides proof of a plant's maturity.
The roots' main purpose is to gather nourishment from the soil so the wheat plant grows strong and healthy. Deep and fast root growth is ideal. The primary root system begins when the seed germinates and provides nutrients for the wheat seedlings.
As the plant matures, the secondary permanent root system replaces the primary root system and provides stability. Based in Rhode Island, Cindy Dixon has been writing since Dixon previously served as an editor for a international parenting site and was a copywriter for a Fortune company. About the Author. Photo Credits. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd.Metrics details. Nucleotide base editors in plants have been limited to conversion of cytosine to thymine.
An endogenous gene is also successfully modified through introducing a gain-of-function point mutation to directly produce an herbicide-tolerant rice plant.
With this new adenine base editing system, it is now possible to precisely edit all base pairs, thus expanding the toolset for precise editing in plants. The CRISPR clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system has been used to edit a variety of plant species [ 1 ]. Base editing is more efficient than HDR-mediated base pair substitution, and produces fewer undesirable mutations in the target locus [ 5 ].
This base-editing technology has already been used in a wide variety of cell lines and organisms [ 45 ]. In this report, we adapted this method and optimized an ABE for application in plant systems, demonstrating its high efficiency in creating targeted point mutations at multiple endogenous loci in rice and wheat. We used ABE7. All the PABE constructs were codon-optimized for cereal plants, and placed under control of the maize Ubiquitin-1 promoter Ubi An untreated protoplast sample was used as control.
Flow cytometry FCM analyses showed that the percentages of fluorescent cells ranged from 0. A to G base editing of the respective genes in protoplasts was assessed by next-generation sequencing ,—, reads per locus.
PABE-7 was identified to offer modestly higher base editing efficiency, about 1. Taken together, these results demonstrate that the plant ABE system can induce A to G conversions in rice, and that the presence of three NLS at the C-terminus of nCas9 maximizes editing efficiency. The protospacers targeting these endogenous genes were individually cloned into the three sgRNA structures and co-transformed with PABE-7 into either rice or wheat protoplasts.
A to G conversion was observed at all 13 target sites for each combination of PABE-7 and sgRNA expression system, with effective editing frequency spanning positions 4 to 8 within the protospacer Fig. Of the three sgRNA constructs, esgRNA showed the highest base editing efficiency in a large majority of the tests ranging from 0.
To summarize, the PABE-7 base editing construct, together with the esgRNA, induces A to G substitutions efficiently and with high fidelity at multiple loci in rice and wheat. A to G editing frequencies induced by the PABE-7 and esgRNAs of different length varying from 14 to 20 nucleotides were determined at protospacer positions 2—9. Phenotypes of T0—13 with CR substitution in the regeneration medium supplemented with 0.
In addition, the WT Cas9 with to nucleotide spacer lengths of esgRNAs also gave much lower frequencies of indels 0. These results suggest that the nucleotide spacer of esgRNA is essential for the plant ABE system with no tolerance for shorter lengths. The A to G substitution efficiencies varied from Among all these six target sites, the effective deamination window 4 to 8 was consistent with the protoplast results.
In addition, none of the transgenic rice plants contained any indels or undesired edits at the target site Additional file 2 : Figure S5. Herbicide resistance is an important goal in modern crop breeding as it will reduce the time cost for weeding.
In turn, this makes a significant contribution to increasing food productivity and reducing soil degradation. Herbicides often target specific enzymes in metabolic pathways, and mutations in an enzyme can be selected that confer herbicide resistance through a substitution in a single amino acid [ 15 ]. We then assessed the herbicide resistance of the T0—13 mutant carrying the heterozygous CR substitution.
After one week of growth on the regeneration medium supplemented with 0. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of producing CR substitution of resistant rice plants using genome editing tools.
For the TaGW2 target site, two heterozygous mutants were identified. Again, no indels were observed in the target region of all mutant plants. Taken together, these results support that the plant ABE system is effective in inducing specific point mutations in rice and wheat in a highly specific and precise manner without causing other genomic modifications. Despite the newly developed high efficiency of cytidine deaminase mediated C to T substitution exhibiting a great potential for disease therapeutic and agronomic traits engineering [ 4 ], additional base editing tools are needed for expanding editing more DNA nucleotides.
To our knowledge, this is the first report of achieving wheat A to G base-edited plants and herbicide-resistant rice plants with the plant ABE system. High base-editing efficiency, low indels, and high purity products make this plant ABE system outperform HDR-mediated genome editing.
Based on the ABE7. The herbicide-resistant rice plants harboring the CR substitution in OsACC was also obtainedindicating this plant ABE system is a reliable tool for achieving targeted base editing in crop plants.Use these convenient icons to share this page on various social media platforms:.
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