K-State researchers lower gluten content, maintain dough quality in bread wheat

The K-State Today highlighted the exciting research recently published by the WGRC and USDA Agricultural Research Service in the Plant Biotechnology Journal. Researchers at Kansas State University, in collaboration with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Kansas Wheat, have made a breakthrough in developing wheat-based foods with lower levels of gluten. Using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene […]


Dr. Zitong Yu et al. publish in Plant Biotechnology Journal

Congratulations to Dr. Zitong Yu and her collaborators on the recent publication of their article, “CRISPR-based editing of the ω- and γ-gliadin gene clusters reduces wheat immunoreactivity without affecting grain protein quality” in the Plant Biotechnology Journal! Zitong is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Eduard Akhunov’s lab at Kansas State University, and her research focuses […]


Nick Stelling receives 3rd Place in Poster Competition at CSSA 2023

Congratulations to Nick Stelling, Ph.D. student of Dr. Eduard Akhunov, on winning 3rd place in the poster competition at CSSA 2023! Nick is a WheatCap student in his first year of his Ph.D. program at Kansas State University, and he is already making a huge impact in the wheat community. Nick’s abstract for his award-winning […]


WGRC collaborates in 22M cereal crops project funded by USAID

MANHATTAN —The Feed the Future Climate Resilient Cereals Innovational Lab (CRCIL) project, led by Kansas State University, aims to address the challenges posed by climate change on crop production. With a recent $22 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the project brings together U.S. and international partners to advance the breeding of […]


WGRC Seeking Research Associate

The Wheat Genetic Resource Center (WGRC) in the department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University is seeking a Computational Biologist or Bioinformatics Scientist. The successful candidate will join a vibrant team of researchers investigating diverse aspects of wheat genetics and genomics focusing on the development of resources, tools, and strategies to identify and deploy […]


Eduard Akhunov a guest speaker at the 2023 Plant and Animal Genome Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA-Eduard Akhunov gave three talks at the 2023 Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego, California. On January 14, 2023, Eduard presented Application of Multiplex Genome Editing Strategies for Engineering Regulatory Regions and Complex Gene Loci in Wheat. On January 15, 2023, Eduard spoke on the topic Prioritizing Adaptive Diversity from Wild Relatives for […]


Eduard Akhunov receives Calvin Sperling Memorial Biodiversity Lectureship award from Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

BALTIMORE, MD-Eduard Akhunov received the Calvin Sperling Memorial Biodiversity Lectureship award from Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) at the 2022 ASA-CSSA-SSS International Annual Meeting on November 8, 2022. Eduard gave a lecture titled, “The Quest to Find Adaptive Diversity in Wild Relatives to Improve Wheat.”   The Quest to Find Adaptive Diversity in Wild […]


Eduard Akhunov invited to present at the international conference “From Seed to Pasta”

BOLOGNA, Italy: On October 26, 2022, Eduard Akhunov, director of the WGRC, was invited to give two talks at the international conference “From Seed to Pasta.” His first presentation was titled, “Leveraging modern genomic resources to identify adaptive variants and optimize breeding strategies in wheat.” His second talk was titled, “Uncovering the regulatory landscape of […]


stem rust

Mary Guttieri and Bob Bowden earn award for pioneering work with wheat genes

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Two U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists working on the Kansas State University campus are part of a national team that has earned praise for its pioneering work in building sturdy resistance to a highly-virulent strain of stem rust in wheat. The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative awarded its 2020 Gene Stewardship award to […]


Wild Emmer

Mining wheat’s wild side for global food security

MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist is receiving nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, for two projects to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. Modern wheat is historically a genetically narrow species. Centuries of focused breeding to […]


Punya Nachappa

Punya Nachappa discusses Wheat Curl Mites

Punya Nachappa, assistant professor at Colorado State University explains how wheat curl mites avoid insecticides, how climate change is leading to increasing populations and why breeding for host plant resistance is key to preventing outbreaks.


WGRC Greenhouse

Take a tour of the greenhouse

Join us for a virtual tour of wheat’s wild relatives in our greenhouse space at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center


From better seeds to beneficial insects, K-State researchers fight world hunger

Can a wasp feed the world?

It can help.

If its larvae are nurtured near millet fields where a devastating moth steals harvests from the field, they can grow to become predators that destroy the pests and save a crop. And that just might put more food in more mouths and earn money for struggling farmers in the world’s poorest countries.


Putting up resistance

Will the public swallow science’s best solution to one of the most dangerous wheat pathogens on the planet?


Feeding a need

The tech sector and Silicon Valley
are synonymous. The Research Triangle embodies biotech and life science innovation.
Where is the world’s nucleus of global food systems? Kansas State University leaders and experts will tell you they’re in it.


NSF I/UCRC Wheat Genetics Resource Center

The National Science Foundation has named Kansas State University as its lead institution for the world’s first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat.


A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself

The dun wheat field spreading out at Ravi P. Singh’s feet offered a possible clue to human destiny. Baked by a desert sun and deliberately starved of water, the plants were parched and nearly dead.