Canadian Wheat Alliance – Standing Strong: Maximizing Yield Potential by Optimizing Stem Strength and Biomass Partitioning
Co Investigators: Adrian J. Cutler, NRC, Saskatoon; Lope G. Tabil, Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; Andrew Burt, Santosh Kumar & Jennifer Mitchell Fetch, AAFC BRC, Brandon; Richard Cuthbert, Ron Knox & Yuefeng Ruan AAFC, SARC, Swift Current.
Project Length: 4 Years (2016 – 2020)
- Identify, dissect, and prioritize traits that contribute to maximize standability and harvest index in different environments in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The dissection of traits includes a thorough characterization at cellular, biochemical, and physiological levels.
- Understand the genetic basis of traits contributing to standability and harvest index to identify functional alleles and markers conferring preferred traits appropriate for incorporation into breeding programs.
- Assess whether the preferred target traits and functional markers for standability and biomass allocation are optimized or whether more favourable alleles exist in Canadian or novel germplasm.
MWBGA Funding: $196,444
Total Funding Approved: $897,813.00
Funding Partners: Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund, Western Grains Research Foundation, Manitoba Agriculture – Grain Innovation Hub, National Research Council, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Benefits to MB Producers: Long term variety development tools. Lodging is highly variable, influenced by environmental conditions and nutrient inputs, but can have a devastating impact. Lodging resistance or standability is a complex trait with several parameters contributing, including: stem properties such as strength, diameter, and wall width, plant height, and root plate spread and depth.