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Wheat evolution

Summary

Wheat is a familiar crop and flour is a familiar food (or starting material).

The evolution of wheat from wild grasses demonstrates the dramatic effect of both natural and directed evolution on the structure of a crop plant and the chemical makeup of the product harvested from it.

These activities illustrate the changes to both the structure and the chemistry of the wheat plant.

They include materials that can be printed out for illustrative purposes and practical activities that can be run as demonstrations or hands-on activities.

Wheat evolution activities

  • Background
    • Wheat evolution
    • Bread making quality
    • Types of flour
    • Gluten/gliadin/glutenin
  • Dough washing
  • Dough rising
  • SDS test for protein quality
Wheat evolution activities (PDF 720KB)

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