Start Date: Feb 02, 2005
End Date: Nov 30, 2009
After investigating sources of milling quality variations, new analytical testing techniques will be discovered and applied that predict important milling qualities of wheat samples. Application of those tests will eliminate the requirements to mill some samples, especially at the early generation quality screening stage. Chemically leavened crackers will be formulated and produced on the laboratory bench-top and that their characteristics will be related to the commercial product characteristics that are sensitive to important differences in flour quality, such as gluten strength. The application of the method will allow identification of flour qualities and certain end-use that are not now directly available. Expected outcomes will include the necessity to include another baking evaluation in our test line development evaluation program or a screening test that predicts important aspects of chemically leavened cracker quality. Better genetic mapping of wheat quality traits will increase the efficiency of breeders selection of high quality soft wheat cultivars by making opportunities for new selection strategies for breeders and quality evaluators that integrate molecular-genetic assays with conventional quality assays. Our mission includes cooperatively developing and encouraging the release of superior quality soft wheat cultivars and germ plasm for the Eastern United States by evaluating the quality of test lines will elevate the end-use quality of the market class. Using predictive tests, we must forecast end-use qualaity in thousands of wheat breeding lines annually and assist breeders in making subsequent selections for moderately-to-highly heritable and end-use quality traits. The expected outcome will be the release of new high quality soft wheat cultivars, some of which will possess newly identified value added characteristics.