A CONTRIBUTION TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WHEATS OF CHINA
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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The wheats of China, having evolved for centuries in their unique environment, are of exceptional interest to botanists and crop growers. According to the data of N. I. Vavilov the wheat culture was known in China as early as three millenia before our era, and this territory is one of the most ancient offshoots of the Outer Asiatic-Transcaucasian seat of the soft 42-chromosome wheats. The latter are represented here by an unusual botanical variety and by a multitude of endemics. The investigations of the All-Union Plant Cultivation Institute VIR have shown, however, that extremely original endemic forms have developed here also among the tetraploid wheat species, including new forms that were formerly unknown to science.
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture