It ain't Rhight

Among the changes introduced into wheat in the 1960s and 1970s was dwarfism, i.e., plants with short stature. Short stature meant a shorter stalk that “wasted” less energy and required less time to grow, tolerance to larger quantities of nitrogen fertilizer, and larger seeds heads to increase yield. This reduction in height is due to mutations in the Rht genes. Here’s an example of the effects of several different Rht alleles (gene variants):

From Pearce 2011

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59 Responses to It ain't Rhight

  1. Sihem says:

    Hi Dr Davis,

    I’m wondering when or if the book ‘wheat belly’ will be available in arabic language. Could you please inform me on that? I am living with my parents in the Netherlands and the only languages they know are dutch and arabic. I really want them to be able to read the book, because it has helped me so much.

    Thanks in advance!

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