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The Contribution of Genetic Resources and Diversity to Wheat Production in the Punjab of Pakistan

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  • Melinda Smale
  • Jason Hartell
  • Paul W. Heisey
  • Ben Senauer

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Recent criticisms of the “green revolution” wheats concern the effects of their popularity on crop diversity and the consequences for productivity and conservation. We use a Just-Pope production function to test the relationship of genetic resource and diversity variables to mean and variance of wheat yields in the Punjab of Pakistan. In irrigated areas, greater area concentration among varieties is associated with higher mean yields. In rainfed districts, genealogical variables are associated positively with mean yield and negatively with yield variance. Further research is needed to overcome data limitations, capture biological relationships more accurately, and specify a fuller decision-making model. Copyright 1998, Oxford University Press.

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  • Melinda Smale & Jason Hartell & Paul W. Heisey & Ben Senauer, 1998. "The Contribution of Genetic Resources and Diversity to Wheat Production in the Punjab of Pakistan," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 80(3), pages 482-493.
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