Accelerated breeding strategy for flax improvement

Posted on 19.01.2023 | Last Modified 19.01.2023
Lead Researcher (PI): Bunyamin Taran
Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Total WGRF Funding: $146,257
Co-Funders: Agriculture Development Fund, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission
Start Date: 2022
Project Length: 4 Years

Determine the optimum conditions required for accelerated growth of flax for seed production and reduced generation time, and to establish the protocols for the high-throughput extraction of DNA suitable for molecular marker screening and the early harvesting of bolls to produce viable seeds. Evaluate speed breeding to generate a RIL population for genetic mapping. Use speed breeding to generate preregistration lines by integrating marker assisted selection (MAS) and selection based on phenotypes.