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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Registration of ‘Coral’ Wheat

item Lewis, Janet
item Siler, Lee
item Perry, K
item Souza, Edward
item Dong, Yanhong
item Jiang, Guo-liang
item Ward, Richard

Submitted to: Journal of Plant Registrations
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/11/2010
Publication Date: 9/1/2010
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Citation: Lewis, J.M., Siler, L., Perry, K.W., Souza, E.J., Dong, Y., Jiang, G., Ward, R.W. 2010. Registration of ‘Coral’ wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations. 4: 205-214.

Interpretive Summary: This note announces the release of a new soft red winter wheat, Coral, for Michigan and Ontario with superior quality and grain yield. The cultivar was developed by the Michigan State University wheat breeding program and will be available to farmers for production. The Soft Wheat Quality Laboratory of the USDA-ARS coordinated and conducted quality analyses for the development of this cultivar.

Technical Abstract: ‘Coral’ soft white winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) was developed by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and released March 28, 2008, via an exclusive licensing agreement through Michigan State University (MSU) Technologies. Coral was selected from the cross MSU D3913 / MSU D0331 made in 1995 at MSU. The cultivar is an F6 derived line, and the original experimental number with MSU is MSU E2017, E2017-R1 and E2017-R2. In addition to standard yield test criteria, milling and baking performance was also considered for selection. Coral was released because of its improved Fusarium head blight (Fusarium graminearum) resistance for a soft white wheat, both regarding visual symptoms and accumulation of deoxynivalenol (DON) mycotoxin, its good test weight, and the absence of awns. Its primary weaknesses identified to date are susceptibility to powdery mildew and stripe rust. Coral is well adapted to Michigan. The name was selected because coral is considered valuable, and is also often white in color when found.

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