Story: Agricultural and horticultural research

Crossing wheat at the Wheat Research Institute

Crossing wheat at the Wheat Research Institute

Anthers are removed from a wheat flower head as part of an artificial cross-pollination experiment at the Wheat Research Institute in the 1930s. The institute was founded in 1928 to improve wheat, flour and bread by research into wheat growing, milling and baking. The foundation director was F. W. Hilgendorf, who pioneered wheat breeding in New Zealand. His most successful variety was Cross 7, which made up 47% of the wheat grown in 1942.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-0578-1/4-F
Photograph by W. W. Dunsterville

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Ross Galbreath, 'Agricultural and horticultural research - Organising agricultural science', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Nov 2008