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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research

Title: Registration of "Merl" Wheat.

item Griffey, C.
item Thomason, W.
item Pitman, R.
item Beahm, B.
item Paling, J.
item Chen, J.
item Gundrum, P.
item Fanelli, J.
item Dunaway, D.
item Brooks, W.
item Vaughn, M.
item Hokanson, E.
item Behl, D.
item Corbin, R.
item Seago, J.
item Will, B.
item Hall, M.
item Liu, S.
item Curtis, J.
item Starner, D.
item Gulick, S.
item Ashburn, S.
item Jones Jr., F.
item Whitt, D.
item Bockelman, Harold
item Souza, Edward
item Brown-guedira, Gina
item Kolmer, James - Jim
item Long, David
item Jin, Yue
item Chen, Xianming

Submitted to: Journal of Plant Registrations
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2010
Publication Date: 1/1/2011
Citation: Griffey, C.A., Thomason, W.E., Pitman, R.M., Beahm, B.R., Paling, J.J., Chen, J., Gundrum, P.G., Fanelli, J.K., Dunaway, D.W., Brooks, W.S., Vaughn, M.E., Hokanson, E.G., Behl, D., Corbin, R.A., Seago, J.E., Will, B.C., Hall, M.D., Liu, S.Y., Curtis, J.T., Starner, D.E., Gulick, S.A., Ashburn, S.R., Jones Jr., F.H., Whitt, D.L., Bockelman, H.E., Souza, E.J., Brown Guedira, G.L., Kolmer, J.A., Long, D.L., Jin, Y., Chen, X. 2011. Registration of "Merl" Wheat.. Journal of Plant Registrations. 5: 68-71, 2011.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: ‘Merl’ (Reg. No. CV- , PI 658598) soft red winter (SRW) wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)developed and tested as VA03W-412 by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station was released in March 2009. Merl was derived from the three-way cross ‘Roane’ / Pioneer Brand ‘2643’ // ‘38158’ (PI 619052). Merl is a broadly adapted, high yielding, mid-season, moderately short, semidwarf (Rht2) cultivar having very good straw strength and good milling and pastry baking quality. Merl is resistant to powdery mildew [Blumeria graminis (DC) E.O. Speer] and moderately resistant to stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis Westend.). In Virginia, Merl ranked among the top five cultivars for grain yield with a three year (2007 – 2009) average of 5725 kg ha-1. Merl had a grain volume weight (76.4 kg hl-111 ) that was significantly (P < 0.05) higher (1.9 – 3.0 kg hl-112 ) than the other top yielding cultivars. In USDA-ARS uniform eastern SRW wheat nursery trials conducted at 29 locations, Merl ranked sixth among 46 entries for grain yield (5917 kg ha-1) and seventh for grain volume weight (76.0 kg hl-1) in 2006 and ranked second among 45 entries for grain yield (5529 kg ha-1) and sixth for grain volume weight (75.7 kg hl-) in 2008. Merl has soft grain texture, low endosperm separation indices (9.1% – 9.7%), and moderately high break flour (300 – 306 g kg-1) and straight grade flour (711 – 769 g kg-) yields on an Allis mill. Flour protein concentration (7.38 – 9.01 g 100g-1) and gluten strength (95.8 – 103.9 g 100g- 1) of Merl are lower than average. These quality attributes combined with low flour sucrose solvent retention capacity (88.9 – 93.2 g 100g-1) contribute to Merl’s good pastry baking quality (cookie spread diameters of 16.78 – 19.11 cm).

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