Interesting findings on the impact of Mexican Dwarfing Gene

The link takes you to a really interesting paper on the influence of the Mexican dwarfing gene in wheat, and the effect it has on relationships the roots develop with its surrounding microflora.

Wheat dwarfing influences selection of the rhizosphere microbiome | Scientific Reports (

“Collectively, our results showed that wheat breeding from tall to semi-dwarf plants resulted in plants less able to select and sustain a complex rhizosphere.”

We are proud at ASP Certified to have several strains of wheat that predate this breeding influence and they are sold as “Heritage” wheat lines. Wholegrain Milling at Gunnedah sees the benefit of these and has been passionate about promoting them to artisan bakers across Australia.