Adapting wheat to arid environments: mining Canadian germplasm for reduced night-time water loss and improved water productivity

Posted on 14.02.2022 | Last Modified 14.02.2022
Lead Researcher (PI): Raju Soolanayakanahally
Institution: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $70,819
Co-Funders: Agriculture Development Fund, Alberta Wheat Commission, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
Start Date: 2021
Project Length: 1 Year

To explore different aspects of CWRS wheat cultivars for their leaf surface structures (waxes and stomata) and to use the physiological data to enhance wheat resilience and assist targeted breeding efforts for reduced night-time water loss with improved transpiration efficiency and higher yield.