WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement

  • Wheat in Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France

  • Barley


gilles-charmetThe Whealbi project, started beginning of 2014, stems from the strong conviction that to improve wheat and barley production in order to face severe global changes, we need to better exploit knowledge from basic science to develop new varieties and innovative cropping systems.

WHEALBI will combine genomics, genetics and agronomy to improve European wheat and barley production in competitive and sustainable cropping systems. It will generate original data from expressed genome sequences of 1000 wheat and barley genetic resources and provide models and tools to integrate these data in breeding programmes and crop management.

The results will be disseminated to a broad user community, highlighting the benefits and issues associated with the adoption of what is considered sustainable and environmentally friendly wheat and barley crop production in a European context.

WHEALBI will thus aim to help the EU remain a major actor in world small grain cereal production while addressing the pressing global priorities of increasing and stabilising primary production, improving food quality and safety, and reducing environmental impact.

The website you are visiting shows a part of the work of the WHEALBI community.

Enjoy your visit!

Gilles CHARMET, scientific coordinator