12,000-year-old seeds Ata Siyez and Mergüze are claimed by HEKTAŞ HEKTAŞ, Turkey’s first registered siyez wheat pioneer HEKTAŞ, which is genetically considered the world’s first wheat, is preparing to produce the seeds of Ata Siyez and Mergüze. HEKTAŞ, which will start producing Turkey’s first registered siyez wheat, which was announced last April, aims to start selling in 2023.
HEKTAŞ has taken over the sales rights of Turkey’s first registered siyez wheats Ata Siyez and Mergüze, registered by the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM), for 5 years and plans to produce and sell the wheat. HEKTAŞ is preparing to offer the seeds of siyez wheat to be produced in and around Ihsangazi district of Kastamonu province, which is the most suitable region for altitude and humidity needs due to its biological properties, for sale by 2023.
The ancestor of modern wheat
Siyez wheat, which is also considered genetically the first wheat in the world, has been genetically protected in anatolian soils for 12 thousand years. Wheat, which has a chromosome count of 14 and 100 percent original, diverges from existing modern wheat, which is genetically modified to increase the number of chromosomes to 42 and 48. The history of siyez wheat, which hittites call ‘ziz’, dates back to Göbeklitepe, the oldest known cult building society in the world.
The benefit to producers of using certified seeds is very proprietary siyez wheats with full variety purity Ata Siyez and Mergüze offer numerous benefits to producers due to their high germination ability and breeding. By saving up to 25 percent in the amount of seeds, siyez wheat, which reduces the cost of seeds and profits to the producer, provides ease of sale with high market value because it is mononesic and high quality.