UC Davis breeding program

Bread wheat varieties 

Hard Red 

  • UC-Central Red (PDF description) is a semidwarf Hard Red Spring (HRS) wheat variety with a high-yield potential, resistance to lodging and diseases and excellent breadmaking quality. This variety is well adapted to the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys. UC-Central Red is currently the top recommended HRS wheat variety of the UC Davis wheat breeding program, based on its higher yield, stronger straw and improved quality compared to Yurok. RECOMMENDED
  • Yurok (PDF description) is a semidwarf Hard Red Spring wheat variety with high-yield potential.It is well adapted to the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys.  Yurok has high protein content and good breadmaking quality and is resistant to current races of stripe rust. It is the currently UCD recommended common red wheat variety.
  • Lassik (PDF description). Hard Red Spring. 2nd highest average yields 2008-2010 in Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys (CA yield data). Top yielding line in Washington 2011 HRS trials ( WA yield data) . Resistant to current races of stripe rust, and partial resistance to septoria tritici blotch and BYDV. Resistant to root-knot nematodes. 

Hard White

  • Patwin-515HP (PDF description) is a semidwarf Hard White Spring (HWS) wheat variety well adapted to the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys. It is very similar to Patwin-515 but it has better yield and the Grain Protein Content 1 gene that increases protein >10% over Patwin-515. Its higher protein content results in improved bread making quality. It has the resistance genes Yr5 and Yr15 that confer immunity to stripe rust. Patwin-515HP is the recommended hard white variety for the UC Davis wheat breeding program. RECOMMENDED
  • Patwin-515 (PDF description). Hard White Spring. Similar to Patwin but with additional stripe rust resistance genes Yr5 and Yr15  and improved resistance to BYDV. High-yielding variety in irrigated areas of the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys.  High protein variety with excellent breadmaking quality. It is the currently UCD recommended  white wheat variety.
  • Patwin (PDF description). Hard White Spring. High-yielding variety in irrigated areas of the Sacramento, San Joaquin (1st highest yield 2008-2010) and Imperial Valleys.  Resistant to current races of stripe rust, septoria tritici blotch and root knot nematodes. High protein variety with excellent breadmaking quality.
  • Clear White (PDF description). Hard White Spring. Excellent Asian Noodle & Breadmaking Quality.  Partial susceptibility to stripe rust. Not recommended in regions of stripe rust.

Pasta wheat varieties (Desert Durum ®)

  • UC-Desert Gold (PDF description) is a Desert durum ® variety with high-yield potential and excellent pasta quality. It is well adapted for the San Joaquin and Imperial valleys. UC-Desert Gold is very similar to Desert King but has two genes for improved yellow pigment in the pasta and one gene for reduced grain cadmium content (a beneficial human health trait). This is the UC Davis durum wheat recommended variety. RECOMMENDED

  • Desert King (PDF description). High-yield potential and high pasta quality. Recommended for the San Joaquin and Imperial valleys.

  • Desert King-High Protein  (PDF description). High-yield potential &  high pasta quality. Recommended for the Sacramento, San Joaquin & Imperial valleys.

  • Tipai (PDF description). Recommended for the Imperial and Yuma Valleys

  • Miwok (PDF description). Low cadmium, excellent yield potential in Imperial San Joaquin Valleys.

Malting barley varieties (two row)

Released Germplasm