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Breeding Low-Cadmium Wheat: Progress and Perspectives

Key Laboratory of Agricultural Water Resources, Centre for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 286 Huaizhong Rd, Shijiazhuang 050021, China
CMLR, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
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Agronomy 2018, 8(11), 249;
Received: 26 September 2018 / Revised: 12 October 2018 / Accepted: 31 October 2018 / Published: 3 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Crop Breeding and Genetics)
Farmland cadmium (Cd) contamination has adverse impacts on both wheat grain yield and people’s well-being through food consumption. Safe farming using low-Cd cultivars has been proposed as a promising approach to address the farmland Cd pollution problem. To date, several dozen low-Cd wheat cultivars have been screened worldwide based on a Cd inhibition test, representing candidates for wheat Cd minimization. Unfortunately, the breeding of low-Cd wheat cultivars with desired traits or enhanced Cd exclusion has not been extensively explored. Moreover, the wheat Cd inhibition test for variety screening and conventional breeding is expensive and time-consuming. As an alternative, low-Cd wheat cultivars that were developed with molecular genetics and breeding approaches can be promising, typically by the association of marker-assisted selection (MAS) with conventional breeding practices. In this review, we provide a synthetics view of the background and knowledge basis for the breeding of low-Cd wheat cultivars. View Full-Text
Keywords: cadmium; farmland; wheat; cadmium resistance; breeding methods cadmium; farmland; wheat; cadmium resistance; breeding methods
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Zaid, I.U.; Zheng, X.; Li, X. Breeding Low-Cadmium Wheat: Progress and Perspectives. Agronomy 2018, 8, 249.

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