Expanding Albertan capacity for hard red spring wheat breeding, and the education of future scientists

Posted on 06.02.2017 | Last Modified 24.09.2019
Lead Researcher (PI): Dean Spaner
Institution: University of Alberta
Total WGRF Funding: $373,750
Co-Funders: Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund, Alberta Wheat Commission
Start Date: 2014
Project Length: 5 Years

To develop new CWRS cultivars with improved maturity, disease resistance, quality, and agronomic adaptability for Alberta and western Canada and to educate graduate students in the field of plant breeding and agronomy.

Project Summary:

The overall objectives of this research was to develop new Hard Red spring wheat cultivars selected for growth in Alberta, and to educate graduate and post-graduate students in this field for the Alberta Industry.

Over this five-year project (2014 – 2019) we registered and released 8 CWRS wheat cultivars and graduated 5 MSc and 5 PhD students into the workforce. The CWRS wheat cultivars (the marketing company) are: 1. Parata (Secan) 2. Zealand (Lefsrud Seeds) 3. Tracker (Canterra) 4. RedNet (SeedNet) 5. Ellerslie (Secan) 6. Jake (Canterra) 7. Sheba (Penwest Seeds) 8. PT786. Our wheat research group (mainly the MSc and PhD students) published 29 refereed scientific papers, 1 book chapter and 1 book over the duration of this project.