A wheat breeder at the University of Manitoba is concerned changes to the K.V.D. system of identfying wheat do not go far enough.

The Canadian Grain Commission announced earlier this year as of august 2008 kernel visual distinguishability will no longer be applied to Western Canadian minor wheat classes.

Dr. Anita Brule Babel wanted to see K.V.D. removed from all classes, but notes the change will provide some leeway when developing wheats for uses other than milling.

The biggest disappointment she has is the lack of a tolerance for red spring kernel type for minor use classes.

Babel adds that's a primary reason why many winter wheat varieties are rejected for registration on the basis of K.V.D.

Babel wants to work with the C.G.C. on the issue, and hopes within the next few years the regulation will also be changed.