Cereals and Pulses / Oilseeds
Developed new and improved wheat, oat and barley varieties for production in western Canada. Research is also conducted to improve the efficiency of nutrient and water utilization and to develop integrated crop management practices that reduce the impact of insects, disease and weeds on oilseeds, cereal and pulses.
- Released three two-row malting barley varieties and two forage barley varieties with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight.
- Released 25 wheat varieties (some resistant to orange blossom wheat midge) and 5 oat varieties (some with improved resistance to crown rust disease).
- Developed selection techniques for low cadmium accumulating durum wheat cultivars, exempting Canada from trade restrictions due to high levels of cadmium.
- Developed a molecular diagnostic technique to detect multiple Fusarium species causing root rot disease in soybean, pea, and bean crops.
- Identified a new Fusarium root rot pathogen of bean in Canada to helps scientists diagnose problems and develop new disease-resistant crops.
- Discovered that 30 cm row spacing for flax allows conventional grain seeding equipment for fibre production; high seeding rates and delayed planting create higher fiber yields.
- Generated information regarding the impacts of delayed planting, soil temperature at planting, and residue management practices on soybean growth, yield and quality for western Canada.
- Provided empirical data regarding the relative tolerance of locally-adapted soybean to a range of moisture conditions.