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Master of Science (MS)


Plants, Soils, and Climate


George Stewart


Present-day plant breeding, on the foundation made many years ago, has achieved important scientific and economic results. By means of introductions and selections, superior strains such as Turkey and Kanred have been obtained. Through hybridization new combinations of characters result, combining desirable characters of different plant types in a single individual. In this program, wheat hybridization has occupied a worthy place.

Each year a number of wheat crosses are made at the Utah Experiment Station, the main purpose of which is to develop superior strains of wheat. Such an economic program is aided and hastened by studies in genetic behavior.

This paper reports such a genetic study of the inheritance of awns, spike density, and kernel color in a cross between Ridit and Utac wheat varieties.