Funded Research Projects

 

Currently Funded Projects

  • SK Water Monitoring for Neonicotinoid Insecticides

    Water quality information currently available to understand neonicotinoid concentrations in the environment is based on limited data, especially in prairie streams and rivers. Information from these water monitoring programs could influence the decision on the phase-out of imidacloprid and the subsequent special review of the other two neonicotinoids.

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  • Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group – Data Enhancement and Wheat Midge Resistance Testing

    In this project, SVPG is collecting additional data in the variety performance trials on priority traits including maturity, height, lodging, test weight, thousand kernel weight, ergot and wheat midge, to enhance the available data set and to provide farmers with more productive information on farming decisions.

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  • Identifying resistance to tan spot disease in winter and durum wheat

    The proposed project aims to identify new sources of resistance to tan spot in durum and winter wheat.

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  • Harrington Seed Destructor Evaluation at Field Scale in Alberta

    This project will investigate the efficacy of Harrington Seed Destructor on weed management across different cropping systems and with different weeds.

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  • Effect of Harvest Residue Distribution on Subsequent Crop Emergence and Performance

    This project involves field-scale trials to determine the effect of poor management of residue of cereal crop on the following year’s canola emergence and yield, and to assess whether post-harvest operations, such as harrowing and high-speed disking (“vertical tillage”), can mitigate the residue management issues.

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  • Manipulating recombination in crop polyploids

    The focus of this project is to introduce novel variation for crop improvement by understanding and manipulating the recombination in polyploid crops.

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  • In-Crop Weed Clipping for Weed Control

    The objective of this project is to develop a weed clipping strategy to reduce crop-weed competition and weed seed production in wheat and lentil.

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  • High-throughput omics approaches for effective breeding selection of durum wheat quality

    This project will focus on genetic and genomic approaches to predict quality parameters including protein content, yellow pigment content (YPC) and milling quality in durum which will enable larger scale selections for those traits at earlier generations of breeding programs and ultimately accelerate the breeding programs on improving durum wheat quality.

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  • Development of physiological markers for high throughput field screening of drought tolerant wheat lines

    This project links biochemistry and physiology to whole plant phenotyping by identifying key biochemical markers for greater drought stress resistance in wheat, which will enable breeders to target specific responses and accelerate the selection of more drought adapted wheat varieties.

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  • Field evaluation of one seed treatment inducing multiple agronomic responses from emergence to yield

    This project builds on the findings from previous ADF project on the positive effect of recently developed, inexpensive, one-time seed treatment on early seed germination, seedling establishment and enhanced root development in spring. These are the critical factors for increasing yield through advanced flowering and avoidance of heat/drought stress in mid-summer in multiple crops

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  • Input Study: Intensive Wheat Management

    The aim of this project is to develop an improved knowledge base about wheat management that will enable growers to take full advantage of both the genetic potential of this crop while optimizing other management practices.

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  • 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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  • Investigation into converting a combine grain loss signal into a grain loss rate

    The project is designed to assess whether current loss monitor sensing systems in combines can accurately provide an absolute loss level with reasonable accuracy.

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  • Optimization of root development and photosynthesis parameters for yield increase/protection

    This project builds on the research conducted at the National Research Council (NRC) that involves the application of physiology, genetics and genomics to identify pertinent genomic regions/genes/markers for traits that impact yield protection under drought stress.

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  • Assessment and deployment of a new dwarfing gene in red spring wheat

    This project focuses on evaluation of CWRS wheat lines introgressed with dwarfing gene Rht18 from durum in the CDC Bread Wheat Program, for any deleterious effects on agronomic and end use quality traits.

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  • Increasing variability in a wheat breeding program

    This project involves development of advanced cytological approaches to increase the genetic variability released in the CDC wheat breeding programs by utilizing a novel technique that will manipulate the native “recombination machinery” of the wheat plant.

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  • Establishment of LC-MS/MS based mycotoxin / Deoxynivalenol (DON) Diagnostic platform for FHB research and breeding program

    This project focus on developing and establishing DON and mycotoxin screening capacity to increase the breeding efficiency for improved fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance.

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  • Nitrogen Fixation in Triticale and Wheat

    This project aims to generate Nitrogen fixing wheat plants that will be developed from engineered triticale plants containing mitochondrial genome enriched with nitrogen fixation (nif) genes. This research builds on the recently developed AAFC nif cluster, optimized for expression in triticale/wheat mitochondria.

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  • Expansion of in vitro selection to develop FHB and leaf spot resistant wheat and barley

    This project involves the development of wheat and barley germplasm with resistance to two important diseases: Fusarium head blight (FHB) and tan spot.

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  • Saskatchewan Orange Wheat Blossom Midge Survey 2016 and 2017

    The wheat midge survey consists of soil sampling (approximately 420 to 450 sites during September and October) followed by processing and analysis to be completed by the end of December. The data from the survey is used to create a forecast map of risk to wheat midge for the following growing season. Intended release date is for Crop Production Week in Saskatoon in early January.

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  • Rail Freight Rates and Grain Export Basis: The US Experience

    The export basis and freight rate data can be used to estimate how export basis rents are distributed between railways and grain handlers in a deregulated rate environment, which in turn has a large impact on the pricing and the service incentives of railways.

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  • Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group – Data Enhancement and Wheat Midge Resistance Testing

    In this project, SVPG is collecting additional data in the variety performance trials on priority traits including maturity, height, lodging, test weight, thousand kernel weight and wheat midge, to enhance the available data set and to provide farmers with more productive information on farming decisions.

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  • Scale up and validation of a low-cost paper-based test for mycotoxins

    The goal of this project is to develop a simple, inexpensive, paper-based test for mycotoxins that could be used at the farm or grain elevator with minimal training or resources.

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  • Mitigating herbicide resistance – investigating novel integrated weed management systems

    In this project, the researchers will evaluate chaff collection in combination with other cultural weed management techniques at several sites to control problem weeds in Western Canada.

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

    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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  • Research and development for durum wheat

    This research intends to facilitate the breeding and development of pedigreed seed of improved varieties of Canada Western Amber Durum. The project is intended to support the development of the various traits and qualities of durum under development by this breeding program using genomic and phenomic tools.

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  • Characterize new sources of FHB resistance and introgress it into Saskatchewan elite wheat cultivars

    This proposed research focuses on identifying new genetic resources for Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance in wheat and on developing FHB resistant wheat germplasm to combat FHB infection.

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  • Canadian Wheat-NAM (CAN-NAM): Capturing genetic variation for Canadian wheat improvement

    This research builds on the application of a powerful combination of advanced genomics approaches and a newly available Can-NAM resource, allowing detection of novel alleles with high resolution and high-precision, thus enabling the rapid delivery of outcomes to the breeding program and facilitating cultivar release.

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  • TOR signaling targets to improve photosynthetic efficiency in wheat

    The researchers intend to develop new innovative tools and gene targets functioning in photosynthetic efficiency, which will help and benefit Canadian wheat breeding efforts to improve yield in this crop.

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  • Evaluation of exogenous dsRNA application for species-specific control of fusarium

    The aim of this project will be to determine if synthetic dsRNA can be used for the control and prevention of FHB in wheat.

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  • Standing strong: Maximizing yield potential by optimizing stem strength and biomass partitioning

    By accelerating the genetic gains of AAFC and U of S breeding programs, this research will contribute to the goal of establishing Saskatchewan and the Canadian prairies as leaders in cereal crop R&D to ultimately provide producers with greater farm income as varietal productivity per acre increases.

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  • Discrete element modeling of porosity distribution in grain bulks

    Preservation of grain quality during storage is critically important to producers as it directly affects their profitability. The economic losses resulting from grain spoilage during storage are difficult to quantify as little reliable data is available.

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  • New sources of resistance to fusarium head blight in spring wheat

    The objectives of this project are to identify wheat germplasm with new sources of fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance by screening a world collection of Triticum aestivum accessions, and to identify novel alleles for FHB resistance from a synthetic hexaploidy wheat population.

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  • Improving fusarium head blight management in durum wheat in Saskatchewan

    Durum wheat comprises between 16 to 20% of the area seeded to wheat in Canada every year and is used for pasta and couscous. The project will identify fusarium species and toxins produced from FHB infected spring and durum wheat from the 2014 epidemic.

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  • Improving weed management for Saskatchewan growers

    The program has been very successful over the past four years and has developed a solid relationship with industry and growers alike. This has led to sustained funding from industry for the herbicide efficacy research conducted by the program and it is expected to continue with this client base into the future.

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  • Addressing biological limitations on nutrient cycling in organic cropping systems

    This work will explore the specific nature of the nutrient limitations on long-term organically managed systems, by adding nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers as well as extra crop residues to identify the most limiting factors to crop growth and microbial activity.

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  • Crop response to foliar applied phosphorus fertilizers

    Recent have evaluated crop responses to granular phosphorus fertilizer placed in the seed-row, as well as banded, and broadcast. However, few, if any studies have evaluated the efficiency and fate of foliar applied P fertilizers under western Canadian conditions in the field.

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  • Breeding spring wheat for organic markets

    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.

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  • Characterization of multiple rust resistance genes to design an optimal deployment strategy

    Rust, including stem rust, stripe rust and leaf rust, cause significant yield losses worldwide. Breeding new wheat varieties with genetic resistance is the most practical and effective approach to control these diseases.

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  • Diversifying organic cropping options for the brown soils through intercropping

    The purpose of this project is to determine if intercrops can reduce weed populations compared to sole non-competitive crops and in the following spring wheat crop.

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  • Enhancing wheat midge resistance in spring and durum wheat

    In Western Canada, orange wheat blossom midge is one of the most damaging wheat pests, causing approximately $60 million in annual losses. Most of these losses occur in Saskatchewan, although significant damage from the pest also occurs in Manitoba and Alberta.

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  • Filling Gaps in Wheat Cultivar Development with Translational Research

    Wheat accounts for a staggering 20% of all calories consumed throughout the world. As global population grows, so too does its dependence on wheat. Canada is a major exporter of wheat with more than $4.5 billion in annual sales

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  • Effects of vertical tillage on soil structure and crop yields in southern Saskatchewan

    Vertical tillage has become common in Southern Saskatchewan because of producer concerns about wet soils in the spring and high amounts of crop residues to manage. However, there is a lack of information available on the effects of vertical tillage in soils with contrasting soil water conditions, and there is no information available on the vertical tillage effects in southern Saskatchewan.

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  • Precision subsoiling of fields to improve soil physical conditions, plant growth and economic return

    This research aims to address questions around the effectiveness of tillage to address soil compaction and other physical limitations that may be present in Saskatchewan soils, especially under the wet conditions experienced in recent years.

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  • Development of a highly sensitive, specific and rapid detection system for stripe rust spores in the field

    This research aims to develop a detection system that is based on presence and quantity of the spores rather than on presence of symptoms, so that producers may implement control measures earlier.

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  • Can enhanced efficiency N fertilizers mitigate against N losses in single-pass seeding operations?

    This research will address significant gaps in the development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to limit losses of nitrogen from both irrigated and dryland (rainfed) cropping systems in Saskatchewan, thus protecting both the environment and the economic investment of Saskatchewan producers.

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  • Crop sequencing of large acreage crops and special crops

    This study will evaluate the benefits of crop sequences for major and special crops across a wide range of environments, as Saskatchewan is home to a variety of environmental conditions due to diverse temperatures, precipitation levels and water loss, with semiarid conditions in the south-west and sub-humid conditions in the northeast.

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  • Aster yellow disease in spring wheat – a benchmark characterization and cultivar assessment

    This project aims to address these gaps, by studying the expression of AY symptom in wheat using bioassays and leafhopper colonies recently developed to study the disease in canola. As well, several rapid molecular techniques were developed and are now routinely used to detect and identify AY strains in plant and insects.

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  • Development of fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers

    This research aims to develop genotypes that could contribute to increased FHB resistance and possibly increased ergot resistance, by developing fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers (cleistogamous refers to traits of certain plants to propagate by using non-opening, self-pollinating flowers).

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  • Augmenting the plant metagenome to improve crop yield and stress resilience

    The goal of this Plant Microbiome (PLM) research project is to develop breakthrough microbial products to address the significant need for improved yield, water use efficiency, and heat-stress tolerance in major Canadian and global crops.

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  • Influence of genotype, weather and the growing environment

    The research will investigate the nature of CWRS wheat gluten strength variation in milling grade samples in relation to genotype...

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  • Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group

    The Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group is an informal group made up of stakeholders interested in variety performance testing in Saskatchewan.

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Latest Research

Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group – Data Enhancement and Wheat Midge Resistance Testing

In this project, SVPG is collecting additional data in the variety performance trials on priority traits including maturity, height, lodging, test weight, thousand kernel weight, ergot and wheat midge, to enhance the available data set and to provide farmers with more productive information on farming decisions.

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