4D wheat: diversity, domestication, discovery, and delivery

Posted on 22.02.2021 | Last Modified 22.02.2021
Lead Researcher (PI): Curtis Pozniak
Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Total WGRF Funding: $661,250
Co-Funders: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture Development Fund, Alberta Wheat Commission, Genome Canada, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Canadian Agricultural Partnership, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Viterra, Illumina
Start Date: 2020
Project Length: 5 Years

To use cutting edge science to accelerate the future development of higher yielding, stress resistant wheat varieties grown by Canadian farmers thereby creating substantial economic and environmental benefits for Canadians. The integrated 4D wheat approach creates new knowledge through the characterization of genetic diversity in wild wheat relatives and the development of new methods of domestication and gene discovery. It also works with breeders and policy makers to deliver pathways that will enhance the breeders’ ability to exploit this genetic diversity to accelerate the development and adoption of improved wheat varieties in Canada.