The Expert Working Group on the Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress aims to bring together and capitalise on existing national and international research and development activities to ensure that wheat yields continue to rise in the coming decades even under changing and challenging climaticand environmental conditions.

It intends to complement, advance and accelerate global genetic gains on the adaptation of wheat to abiotic stress, with an initial focus on heat and drought. Anticipated deliverables include the delivery of new genetic materials as well as shared resources and databases on the responses of diverse wheat germplasm to abiotic stress.


The proposal [1] to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT) and Peter Langridge (University of Adelaide) and was endorsed by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at its 3rd meeting on March 21, 2014.


Co-Chairs: Fernanda Dreccer, Simon Griffiths

Vice-Chairs: Matthew Reynolds, Abrahm Blum

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open during the EWG lifetime. Any expert wishing to participate in

the Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress Expert Working Group should complete the application

form and return it via email to

International Research Programme Proposal

Together with the Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC) the EWG submitted

a proposal to launch an international research programme to improve wheat Heat and Drought

tolerance. The research plan is the result of consultation with over 370 wheat experts worldwide who

responded to a call for innovative ideas in 2014. A Technical Advisory Committee comprising

representatives of science and development funding agencies and major private sector entities

evaluated the proposals. All members of the HeDWIC Technical Advisory Committee were invited to

join the EWG.


22 April, 2017, Vienna, Austria [4] - Meeting minutes [5]

16 December 2016, Texcoco, Mexico - Agenda and List of Participants [6]

21 September 2015, Sydney , Australia


The Heat and Drought Wheat Improvement Consortium (HeDWIC) is a network that facilitates global

coordination of wheat research to adapt to a future with more severe weather extremes, specifically

heat and drought. It delivers new technologies to wheat breeders worldwide via the International

Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN), coordinated for more than half a century by the International

Maize and Wheat Improvement Center. Together, we are creating future wheat.

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