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Title: Effects of genotype, growing season and nitrogen level on gluten protein assembly of durum wheat grown under Mediterranean conditions
Authors: Gagliardi, Anna
Carucci, Federica
Masci, Stefania 
Flagella, Zina
Gatta, Giuseppe
Giuliani, Marcella Michela
Journal: AGRONOMY 
Issue Date: 2020
Water deficit and high temperatures are the main environmental factors which affect both wheat yield and technological quality in the Mediterranean climate. The aim of the study was to evaluate the variation in the gluten protein assembly of four durum wheat genotypes in relation to growing seasons and different nitrogen levels. The genotypes, Marco Aurelio, Quadrato, Pietrafitta and Redidenari, were grown under three nitrogen levels (36, 90 and 120 kg ha−1) during two growing seasons in Southern Italy. Significant lower yield and a higher protein concentration were observed in the year characterized by a higher temperature at the end of the crop cycle. The effect of the high temperatures on protein assembly was different for the genotypes in relation to their earliness. Based on PCA, in the warmer year, only the medium-early genotype Quadrato showed positive values along the “protein polymerization degree” factor, while the medium and medium-late genotypes, Marco Aurelio and Pietrafitta showed negative values along the “proteins assembly” factor. No clear separation along the two factors was observed for the early genotype Redidenari. The variation in gluten protein assembly observed in the four genotypes in relation to the growing season might help breeding programs to select genotypes suitable for facing the ongoing climate changes in Mediterranean area.
ISSN: 2073-4395
DOI: 10.3390/agronomy10050755
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
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