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Wolski's Achievements in Plant Breeding


Tadeusz had already helped out in plant breeding in his parental enterprise in Danków when he still went to school, and during the years when he was studying. He took part in plant breeding – as every member of the Janasz family – during the war, and became an assistant in plant breeding in 1945 under the leadership of his mother Maria Wolska. In 1960 Tadeusz Wolski became head of the section cereal breeding in the enterprise which later was named DANKO Hodowla Roślin.



Wheat

In Poland as well as in many other countries, wheat is the most important cereal plant, and Wolski set great store by improving bakery qualities, increasing disease resistances and raising yields. Wolski based his breeding work on the healthy and resistant material which had been developed in the company. In addition, thanks to his good contacts to many plant breeders abroad, also in the West, he managed to enrich his own material with new, foreign blood. These two were the cornerstones of his success with his new wheat varieties which were readily accepted by the farmers. Thus DANKO became the leading wheat breeder in Poland.



Rye

Due to soil and climatic conditions in the country, rye is very important to Poland. On the basis of the healthy material which had been developed in the Janasz Company, Wolski concentrated on improvement of lodging and yield resistances as well as of yield. He created an excellent variety which met all these targets named “DANKOWSKIE ZŁOTE” which became the most popular rye variety in Poland with a market share of more than 90 % for several decades. It also was very successful in other countries, for example in Eastern Germany (DDR) where it proved to be superior to the Petkus varieties. A similar, slightly shorter variety with the name “DANKO” became a hit in foreign markets, in Europe and in other parts of the world, even as far as Canada and South Korea. In Germany, for example, it has been for more than 25 years in the market, and still continues to have its fans. With “AMILO” he created a real masterpiece: A variety with excellent baking qualities.



Triticale

Driven by the will to replace a good part of the big quantity of rye which was grown in Poland and to a high degree is used for feeding animals, by a cereal plant with better feeding qualities, Wolski established contacts with many scientists worldwide and visited significant research and breeding stations in many parts of the world, before he decided to launch an own breeding programme for triticale. It is his great merit to have developed breeding methods which made it possible to transform the “botanical curiosity” triticale into a high yielding and healthy cereal plant which totally fulfils the original objective, to deliver grain of highest feeding value.

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