'USU-Apogee' is a full-dwarf hard red spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) (NSSL Reg. no. 331390.01; PI 592742) cultivar developed for high yields in controlled environments. USU-Apogee was developed by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and released in April 1996. NASA is interested in improved food crops for bioregenerative life support systems in space.
Apogee is the point in an orbit farthest from the earth. USU-Apogee is a shorter, higher yielding alternative to 'Yecora Rojo' and 'Veery-10', the short field cultivars previously selected for use in controlled environments (Bugbee and Salisbury, 1988). USU-Apogee (45-50 cm tall, depending on temperature) is 10 to 15 cm shorter than Yecora Rojo and 2 to 5 cm shorter than Veery-10. USU-Apogee was also selected for resistance to the calcium-induced leaf tip necrosis that occurs in controlled-environments.
Bugbee, Bruce; Koerner, G.; Albrechtsen, R.; Dewey, W.; and Clawson, S., "'USU-Apogee' Wheat - Registration" (1999). Dwarf Crops. Paper 11.