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ICAR develops new wheat variety for diabetic patients

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) Scientists of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have developed a new wheat variety, which is beneficial for diabetic patients.

The new wheat variety 'Dicoccum' controls the sugar as well as cholesterol level in the blood.

ICAR has also identified 5 new improved wheat varieties, 2 varieties of barley and one variety of triticale for various agro-climatic regions of the country.

Developed by All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) at Dharwad centre of University of Agricultural Sciences, the food products made from Dicoccum variety called DDK 1029, slowly dissolves in the body and releases very less amount of calories.

It takes 5-6 hours to dissolve in the human blood, thereby controlling sugar levels.

ICAR has initiated research work on developing hybrid wheat in order to improve the productivity as compared to the conventional varieties. Also, it has been decided to develop new wheat varieties suited to zero-tillage system, Furrow Irrigated Raised Bed System (FIRBS) and surface seeding in network mode. These decisions were taken in the 45th All India Wheat and Barley Research Workers' meet held at Kanpur earlier this week.

The five new wheat varieties are called DBW 17, GW 366, K0307, RAJ 4083 and TL 2942. Two barley varieties are known as DWRUB 52 and RD 2668 while one variety of Triticale is called PL751, an ICAR release said here today.


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