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Economics Research International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 575192, 6 pages
Research Article

Disease Resistance of Wheat Varieties: Can Private Varieties Withstand the Pressure?

Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7801, USA

Received 6 December 2010; Revised 18 March 2011; Accepted 13 April 2011

Academic Editor: Jean Paul Chavas

Copyright © 2011 William Lesser and Deepthi Elizabeth Kolady. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


US wheat varieties are examined for differential disease resistance between public and private varieties, an issue for critics of plant intellectual property. Analysis using disease resistance rankings of wheat varieties from Kansas and Texas indicate that private varieties are as or more resistant. This finding was further confirmed with two years of Texas data. Thus, the results from the study reject the criticism of private breeding activities that they are more susceptible to disease compared to public varieties. However, private varieties resistance is incorporated from public offerings so that productive private wheat breeding is partly derivative.