Submitted to: Journal of Plant Registrations
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2010
Publication Date: 9/1/2010
Publication URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10113/47159
Citation: Lewis, J.M., Siler, L., Souza, E.J., Perry, K.W., Dong, Y., Jiang, G., Ward, R.W. 2010. Registration of ‘Ambassador’ wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations. 4: 195-204. Interpretive Summary: Ambassador soft white winter wheat is a new cultivar released for the wheat growers of Michigan and Ontario Canada. It was developed by the Michigan State University wheat breeding program and represents a significant improvement grain yield over current soft white wheat cultivars produced in this region while maintaining the high standard of soft wheat quality for which this region is known. The Soft Wheat Quality Laboratory evaluated and assisted in the interpretation of the milling and backing quality for this cultivar.
Technical Abstract: "Ambassador" soft white winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) was developed by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and released August 20, 2007, in an exclusive licensing agreement through Michigan State University (MSU) Technologies. Ambassador was selected from the cross of Pioneer Brand 2737W/MSU Line D1148 made in 1994 at MSU. The variety is an F7 derived line, and the original experimental number with MSU is MSU Line E0028. In addition to standard yield test criteria, milling and baking performance was also employed as a criteria for selection. Ambassador was released because of its excellent grain yield, flour yield, and good winter hardiness. Its primary weaknesses include lower than average test weight, and susceptibility to Fusarium head blight (Fusarium graminearum) and associated deoxynivalenol accumulation. Ambassador is well adapted to Michigan and Ontario, Canada and has also show high yields regionally. The name was chosen because the variety's performance excels in both the U.S. (Michigan) and Canada (Ontario), bringing together white wheat growers on both sides of the border.