Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 441–450 | Cite as

Variation in Agronomic, Rust Reaction and Grain Quality Characteristics in a Collection of Winter and Facultative Wheat Varieties

  • M. Mosaad
  • A. MorgounovEmail author
  • H. Gomez
  • M. Jarrah
  • S. Rajaram


A collection of 110 wheat varieties from different agroecological zones in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC), Russia, and Ukraine were evaluated for growth habit (winter, facultative, spring), growth type (prostrate versus erect), days to heading, resistance to yellow rust and leaf rust, and quality traits. The study was conducted at the experimental farms of International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at Terbol in Lebanon and Tel Hadya in Syria to identify promising rust resistant wheat cultivars and lines that can be used in crossing program by cooperative Turkey-CIMMYT-ICARDA winter wheat breeding program. The study also aimed to assess the distribution of winter versus facultative versus spring types in the regional gene pool. Higher frequencies of winter types occurred in germplasm from Ukraine, Russia, southern Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Georgia, whereas the frequencies of spring wheat in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan were 33% and 20%, respectively. There were significant correlations between growth type, and both growth habit and cold tolerance (r = 0.600*** and 0.57**). This indicates that winter wheat varieties tend to be prostrate and cold tolerant, whereas facultative and spring wheats have are more erect and cold sensitive. Among the tested material 60% of varieties were resistant to yellow rust and 44%—to leaf rust. More than 20 genotypes demonstrated resistance to both rusts and useful variation for other traits proving good parents for crosses.


growth habit leaf rust yellow rust Triticum aestivumadaptation 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Aliev, L., Gandilian, P., Naskidashvili, P., Morgounov, A. 2001. Caucasian wheat pool. In: Bonjean, A.P., Angus, W.J. (eds), The World Wheat Book: A History of Wheat Breeding. Lavoisier, Paris, pp. 831–848.Google Scholar
  2. Goncharov, N.P. 1998. Genetic resources of wheat related species: The Vm genes controlling growth habit (spring vs. winter). In: Braun, H.J., Altay, F., Kronstad, W.E., Beniwal, S.P.S, McNab, A. (eds), Wheat: Prospects for Global Improvement. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 503–508.Google Scholar
  3. Hoogendoorn, J. 1985. The physiology of variation in the time of ear emergence among wheat varieties from different regions of the world. Euphytica 34:559–571.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Iwaki, K., Haruna, S., Niwa, T., Kato, K. 2001. Adaptation and ecological differentiation in wheat with special reference to geographical variation of growth habit and Vrn. Plant Breeding 120:107–114.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Kokhmetova, A., Yessimbekova, M., Absattarova, A., Morgounov, A. 2005. Inheritance of yellow rust resistance in winter wheat. In: Morgounov et al. (eds), Increasing Wheat Production in Central Asia through Science and International Cooperation. Proc. 1 st Central Asia Wheat Conf., Almaty, Kazakhstan: CIMMYT, pp. 133–137.Google Scholar
  6. Mamluk, O.F., Cetin, L., Braun, H.-J., Bolat, N., Bertschinger, L., Makkouk, K.M., Yildirim, A.F., Saari, E.E., Zencirci, N., Albustan, S., Cali, S., Beniwal, S.P.S., Dusunceli, F. 1997. Current status of wheat and barley diseases in the central Anatolian Plateau of Turkey. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 36:167–181.Google Scholar
  7. Ortiz-Ferrara, G., Mosaad, M.G., Mahalakshmi, V., Fischer, R.A. 1995. Screening wheat for vernalization and photoperiod response under controlled environment and field conditions. Plant Breeding 114:505–509.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Singh, R.P., Rajaram, S. 2002. Breeding for disease resistance in wheat. In: Curtis, B.C., Rajaram, S., Gomez-Macpherson, H. (eds), Bread Wheat. FAO, Rome, Italy. FAO, pp. 1–18.Google Scholar
  9. Stelmakh, A.F. 1990. Geographic distribution of Vrn genes in landraces and improved varieties of spring bread wheat. Euphytica 45:113–118.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mosaad
    • 1
  • A. Morgounov
    • 2
    Email author
  • H. Gomez
    • 3
  • M. Jarrah
    • 1
  • S. Rajaram
    • 1
  1. 1.International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)AleppoSyria
  2. 2.CIMMYTAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Research and Production Centre of FarmingAlmatyKazakhstan

Personalised recommendations