Improving barley salinity tolerance and functional quality by characterizing root, GABA, and gene expression responses

Posted on 27.09.2023 | Last Modified 27.09.2023
Lead Researcher (PI): Pankaj Bhowmik
Institution: National Research Council of Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $142,887
Co-Funders: Agriculture Development Fund, Alberta Barley Commission, InfraReady Products Ltd., Manitoba Crop Alliance, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission
Start Date: 2023
Project Length: 4 Years

Evaluate salinity tolerance (ST) in a diverse collection of barley germplasm using high throughput root and shoot phenotyping. Characterize salinity tolerant and sensitive barley genotypes to identify preferred traits for improving ST. Assess performance of salinity tolerant and sensitive barley genotypes in field environments imposing salinity stress. Perform genome wide association mapping of ST. Create GABA-T null mutants using CRISPR gene editing. Develop a high GABA functional food from barley bran.