Managing and Breeding Wheat for Organic Systems

Enhancing Competitiveness Against Weeds

  • Muhammad Asif
  • Muhammad Iqbal
  • Harpinder Randhawa
  • Dean Spaner

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Agriculture book series (BRIEFSAGRO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Iqbal, Harpinder Randhawa, Dean Spaner
    Pages 1-7
  3. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Iqbal, Harpinder Randhawa, Dean Spaner
    Pages 9-20
  4. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Iqbal, Harpinder Randhawa, Dean Spaner
    Pages 21-51
  5. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Iqbal, Harpinder Randhawa, Dean Spaner
    Pages 53-64
  6. Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Iqbal, Harpinder Randhawa, Dean Spaner
    Pages 65-70
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 71-76

About this book


Genetically uniform cultivars in many self-pollinated cereal crops dominate commercial production in high-input environments especially due to their high grain yields and wide geographical adaptation. These cultivars generally perform well under favorable and high-input farming systems but their optimal performance cannot be achieved on marginal/organic lands or without the use of external chemical inputs (fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides). Cereal breeding programs aim at evaluating candidate lines/cultivars for agronomic, disease and quality traits in a weed free environment that makes it impossible to identify traits conferring competitive ability against weeds. Moreover, quantification of competitive ability is a complex phenomenon which is affected by range of growth traits. Above (e.g. light) and below (e.g. water and nutrients) ground resources also influence competitiveness to a greater extent. Competitiveness is quantitatively inherited trait which is heavily influenced by many factors including genotype, management, environment and their interaction. Sound plant breeding techniques and good experimental designs are prerequisites for maximizing genetic gains to breed cultivars for organically managed lands. The brief is focused on breeding wheat for enhanced competitive ability along with other agronomic, genetic and molecular studies that have been undertaken to improve weed suppression, disease resistance and quality in organically managed lands. The examples from other cereals have also been highlighted to compare wheat with other cereal crops.


Allelopathy Early season growth Low-input agriculture Triticum aestivum Weed infestation and suppression

Authors and affiliations

  • Muhammad Asif
    • 1
  • Muhammad Iqbal
    • 2
  • Harpinder Randhawa
    • 3
  • Dean Spaner
    • 4
  1. 1.Agricultural, Food and Nutritional ScienceUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.National Agricultural Research CentreIslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaLethbridge Research CentreLethbridgeCanada
  4. 4.University of AlbertaAgricultural, Food and Nutritional ScienceEdmonton, ABCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05001-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05002-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-808X
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-8098
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