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Research Project: Genetic and Biochemical Basis of Soft Winter Wheat End-Use Quality

Location: Corn, Soybean and Wheat Quality Research

Title: ‘Savoy’: An adapted soft red winter wheat cultivar for Georgia and the South East regions of the USA

item JOHNSON, JERRY - University Of Georgia
item CHEN, Z - University Of Georgia
item BUCK, JAMES - University Of Georgia
item BUNTIN, G - University Of Georgia
item BABAR, MD - University Of Florida
item MASON, RICHARD - University Of Arkansas
item HARRISON, STEPHEN - Louisiana State University Agcenter
item MURPHY, J - North Carolina State University
item IBRAHIM, AMIR - Texas A&M Agrilife
item SUTTON, RUSSELL - Texas A&M Agrilife
item SIMONEAUX, BRYAN - Texas A&M Agrilife
item Bockelman, Harold
item Baik, Byung-Kee
item Marshall, David
item Cowger, Christina
item Brown-Guedira, Gina
item Kolmer, James
item Jin, Yue
item Chen, Xianming
item Cambron, Sue
item MERGOUM, MOHAMED - University Of Georgia

Submitted to: Journal of Plant Registrations
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/10/2017
Publication Date: 1/18/2018
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Citation: Johnson, J.W., Chen, Z., Buck, J.W., Buntin, G.D., Babar, M.A., Mason, R.E., Harrison, S.A., Murphy, J.P., Ibrahim, A.M., Sutton, R.L., Simoneaux, B.E., Bockelman, H.E., Baik, B-K., Marshall, D.S., Cowger, C., Brown Guedira, G.L., Kolmer, J.A., Jin, Y., Chen, X., Cambron, S.E., Mergoum, M. 2018. ‘Savoy’: An adapted soft red winter wheat cultivar for Georgia and the South East regions of the USA. Journal of Plant Registrations. 12:85-89.

Interpretive Summary: A high yielding soft red winter wheat (SRWW) variety, ‘Savoy,’ was developed and released for Georgia and the southeastern region of the United States. ‘Savoy’ exhibits resistance to the following predominant diseases and insects: excellent resistance to Hessian fly and good resistance to leaf rust, stripe rust, powdery mildew and wheat soil-borne mosaic virus; however, it has medium susceptibility to Fusarium head blight. Savoy has high grain volume weight and acceptable SRWW milling and baking quality, and is widely adapted to wheat production systems in Georgia and the adjacent southeastern states. With appropriate control of Fusarium head blight, ‘Savoy’ will provide wheat growers with an opportunity to increase production and to capture the regional market, which would boost economic returns.

Technical Abstract: Soft red winter wheat (SRWW) (Triticum aestivum L.) is a major crop in Georgia (GA) and the U.S. Southeast (SE) region. Despite a decrease of wheat acreages in this region, more than 230,000 acres were grown to SRWW in GA in 2015. To capture and maximize regional market value of wheat, the new released cultivars must have high yield potential, excellent resistance levels to predominant diseases and insects, and good quality. Therefore, the major goal of the SRWW breeding program at the University of Georgia (UGA) is to develop and release SRWW cultivars adapted to the SE wheat region with high yield, quality, and pest resistance. ‘Savoy’ (Reg. no., PI 676043) a SRWW cultivar developed by the small grains breeding program at UGA in cooperation with the SUNGRAINS and released by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in 2015. Savoy was subsequently licensed to CPS DYNA-GRO Seed Company. Savoy was released because it is widely adapted to GA and the SE region. It has high grain yield, good resistance to races of leaf rust (caused by Puccinia graminis Per.:Pers. f. sp. tritici Eriks. & E. Henn) and stripe rust [caused by Puccinia striiformis Westend f. sp. tritici Eriks & Henn (Syn. P. glumarum Erik. and Henn.)] predominant in GA and the SE. Savoy possesses the H13 gene that confers resistance to predominant biotypes of Hessian fly [caused by Mayetiola destructor (Say)] in GA and the SE. It has good resistance to powdery mildew (caused by Erysiphe graminis f. sp. tritici) and wheat soil-borne mosaic virus. Savoy is medium susceptible to Fusarium head blight (FHB) or scab [caused by Fusarium graminearum Schwabe (telomorph Gibberella zeae (Schwein.) Petch)]. It also has high grain volume weight and acceptable SRWW milling and baking quality.