Research

Integrated management of stripe rust in wheat for Alberta (2016-2019)

  • Term: Three years, beginning in 2016
  • Funding Amount: $168,000
  • Lead Researcher(s): Dean Spaner (U of A)
  • Funding Partners: Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
  • Project Description: Severe epidemics of stripe rust may cause up to 50% yield losses. Since 2000, stripe rust has been observed every year with serious epidemics reported in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2014 in some parts of Western Canada. Genetic resistance is the most effective and environment friendly strategy to control stripe rust. This project is expected to improve the understanding of the genetics of stripe rust resistance in Western Canada and facilitate development of stripe rust resistant wheat cultivars.

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A genetic and genomics approach to improving the milling potential of durum wheat

The objective of this project is to determine the distribution of ash content in the kernel of cultivars of durum wheat with variable expression; to develop and validate robust genotyping platforms for durum wheat with the specific focus on genetic mapping populations with a large range in phenotypic expression of milling potential; and to develop genomic selection prediction models using a combination of high density molecular data and robust milling data.

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