Research

Breeding spring wheat for organic markets

  • Term: Five years, beginning in 2016
  • Funding Amount: $292,603
  • Lead Researcher(s): Pierre Hucl (U of S)
  • Funding Partners: University of Saskatchewan (U of S)
  • Project Description: The purpose of this project is to develop CWRS-quality wheat lines and eventually cultivars that yield 10% or higher than relevant check cultivars with disease resistance required for organic production systems. This project fills a market opportunity gap (rather than an information gap) in that there are currently no registered cultivars that have been developed under organic crop management systems. It is not known whether it is possible to develop cultivars that have a significant advantage over conventionally-developed cultivars. The results of this research will be in the form of elite breeding lines and eventually registered cultivars that have agronomic and marketing advantages for organic wheat growers and marketers.

Latest Research

Comparing wheat allergenicity in ancient and modern wheats

This project is the first intensive study focused on characterizing the wheat gluten protein complex from a historical set of 37 CWRS wheat varieties, to study changes in glutenin and gliadin subunits over time and to identify specific changes or not both in quantity and quality in Celiac disease (CD) causing epitopes in wheat gluten complex proteins.

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