Mela CL+

Soft White Winter Two-Gene IMI Wheat

Mela CL+ is a soft white common winter two-gene Imidazolinone tolerant (Clearfield) wheat variety developed and released in 2013 by the Agricultural Research Center of Washington State University. It’s the second two-gene Clearfield (CL+) wheat variety released by WSU. Compared to the single-gene Clearfield, the two-gene technology provides significantly better tolerance to Imidazolinone group of herbicide imazamox.

Mela CL+ was developed using marker-assisted background selection approach. Compared to popular wheat varieties including those with Clearfield technology, Mela CL+ has higher yield potential, excellent snow mold resistance, and better stripe rust resistance. Mela CL+ is ideal for Pacific Northwest areas where ORCF103, Eltan and Xerpha are currently grown.