World Wheat Book
Extract from cover notes for Volume 1 in 2001....
The creation of new varieties of wheat in the twentieth century has resulted from a detailed understanding of genetics combined with the practical experience of breeders throughout the world. This has been reinforced through evolving technologies with increased interaction with fertilizers, mechanization and modern fungicides and herbicides superseding more primitive techniques.
It therefore seems timely to compile a comprehensive history of wheat across all its main areas of production. New laboratory techniques such as in vitro culture, molecular biology, and genomics, now enable the development of a greater level of understanding of the complexities of the diversity, structure and function of the genetics of wheat.