Reduced height alleles (Rht) and Hagberg falling number of wheat

Michael Gooding, R. K. Uppal, M. Addisu, K. D. Harris, C. Uauy, J. R. Simmonds, A. J. Murdoch

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Near-isogenic lines varying for alleles for reduced height (Rht) and photoperiod insensitivity (Ppd-D1) in cv. Mercia (2005/6–2010/11; rht (tall), Rht-B1b, Rht-D1b, Rht-B1c, Rht8c+Ppd-D1a, Rht-D1c, Rht12) and cvs Maris Huntsman and Maris Widgeon (2007/8–2010/11; rht (tall), Rht-B1b, Rht-D1b, Rht-B1c, Rht-B1b+Rht-D1b, Rht-D1b+Rht-B1c) were compared at one field site, but within different systems (‘organic’, O, 2005/6–2007/8 v. ‘intensive’, I, 2005/6–2010/11). Further experiments at the site (2006/7–2008/9) compared 64 lines of a doubled-haploid (DH) population [Savannah (Rht-D1b) × Renesansa (Rht-8c+Ppd-D1a)]. Gibberellin (GA) insensitive dwarfing alleles (Rht-B1b; Rht-B1c; Rht-D1b; Rht-D1c) could reduce α-amylase activity and/or increase Hagberg falling number (HFN) but effects depended greatly on system, background and season. Only Rht-B1c increased grain dormancy despite producing plants taller than Rht-D1c. The GA-sensitive Rht8c+Ppd-D1a in Mercia was associated with reduced HFN but analysis of the DH population suggested this was more closely linked with Ppd-D1a, rather than Rht8c. The GA-sensitive severe-dwarfing allele Rht12 was associated with reduced HFN. Instability in HFN over season tended to increase with degree of dwarfing. There was a negative association between mean grain weight and HFN that was in addition to effects of Rht and Ppd-D1 allele.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-311
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
Issue number3
Early online date21 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2012


  • Rht
  • wheat
  • Hagberg falling number
  • Ppd


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