Crop Biotech Update

China's New Wheat Variety to Exceed World Wheat Average Yield

December 17, 2010

Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences released a new high yielding wheat variety Jimai 22. According to wheat breeder expert Liu Jianjun, the average yield of Jimai 22 will exceed 600 kilograms per mu (667 square meters), which is three times higher than the world wheat yield average.

The new variety exhibits strong disease-resistant ability and adaptability, and is also water and heat resistant. It will be planted in 35.7 million mu in autumn and winter of 2010, which is 10 percent of China's total wheat hectarage.