Oilseeds

Canola

Saskatoon RDC is one of Canada’s National Oilseed Research Centres of Excellence. Research in agronomy, crop management and variety development fosters new areas of opportunity and keeps the oilseed sector competitive. New crops adapted to the prairies (Brassica carinata and Camelina sativa) are creating novel products and expanding markets for oilseed crops. Improving food, feed and industrial quality characteristics of Brassicas and related species establishes new crop platforms for bioproducts and biofuels and supports the emerging global bioeconomy.

Successful solutions

  • Sequenced genome of oilseeds: B. rapa, B. oleracea, B. napus, nigra, C. sativa; designed new tool for genetic analyses used by academia and industry.

  • Developed control strategies for blackleg, sclerotinia and clubroot diseases; identified novel resistance sources and generated molecular markers; uncovered pathogen weaknesses through detailed genome sequencing.

  • Identified risks, targeted key pests, developed and implemented mitigation strategies through Prairie-wide monitoring protocols, spatial analyses and early warning systems.

  • Supported government regulations and policy with tools to identify, monitor, and track pests, pesticide resistance and bio-safety risks.