Canadian Wheat Alliance – Standing Strong: Maximizing Yield Potential by Opti...

Canadian Wheat Alliance – Standing Strong: Maximizing Yield Potential by Optimizing Stem Strength and Biomass Partitioning

Researchers: John Allan Feurtado
Keywords: Wheat
Start Date: 2016
Status: In Progress

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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.