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From desert wheat in Arizona to pasta in Italy


September 24, 2017

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Italian pasta chefs are known for crafting dishes that are as much local culture as they are food. What is less well-known is that Arizona's desert durum wheat is a common ingredient in Italian pasta.

Arizona plant geneticists have spent decades developing the desirable durum through seed breeding. By combining two 'parent' strands of wheat that exhibit preferred traits, such as golden coloring or straw strength, researchers breed an entire new line of seeds.

"Most times, parents will have children that are genetically superior to them, and that is the same with...

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