Improving yield, yield stability and grade protection in western Canadian spring wheat cultivars – an integrated approach

Posted on 04.03.2019 | Last Modified 07.05.2019
Lead Researcher (PI): Pierre Hucl
Institution: University of Saskatchewan
Total WGRF Funding: $150,000
Co-Funders: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Wheat Commission, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
Start Date: 2018
Project Length: 5 Years

To improve the genetic potential of five spring wheat classes: Canada Western Red Spring, Canada Western Amber Durum, Canada Prairie Spring Red/Canada Northern Hard Red, and Canada Western Hard White. To establish and maintain effective early generation screening nurseries for Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), leaf rust, stem rust, and stripe rust. To screen harvested samples for DON mycotoxin. To validate and implement marker assisted selection and genomic selection programs.