- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
Qualset, Calvin O. Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis, California.
Last reviewed:March 2021
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A cereal grass plant (× Triticosecale) obtained from the hybridization of wheat with rye. Triticale (Fig. 1) is a crop plant with a small-seeded cereal grain that is used for human food and livestock feed. Plant breeders developed triticale by artificially crossing wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale cereale)—hence, the cereal's taxonomic designation as × Triticosecale. The European continent dominates the production of triticale, producing 90% of the total crop. Countries with the greatest production are Poland, Germany, Belarus, and France. See also: Agricultural science (plant); Agronomy; Cereal; Grain crops; Grass crops; Plant breeding; Poales; Rye; Wheat
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