Dr. Rachel Albert was a Canadian agronomist in the 1960's who was kidnapped by Turkish spy Karafatma while Dr. Albert was at a conference in Mexico City. (But Alexander Scott passed himself off as Dr. Whitfield, another agronomist, and foiled the plot.)
Dr. Albert's experiments with wheat may have proven just as successful as the experiments conducted by the real Dr. Whitfield. It's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble that her work with wheat was so ground-breaking that centuries later it would serve as the basis for the development of quadrotriticale. This super multi-grain helpd the Federation of Planets secure the rights to Sherman's Planet.
Memory Alpha helps to support that theory:
Quadrotriticale (pronounced "quádro-tríti-kay-lee") was a high-yield, perennial, four-lobed grain, genetically engineered hybrid of wheat and rye with a bluish color. The root grain, triticale, could trace its ancestry back to 20th century Canada.
Of course, Ensign Pavel Chekov would disagree with its origins. He claimed it was developed in Russia.....
- 'I Spy' - "Turkish Delight"
- 'Star Trek' - "The Trouble With Tribbles"