The Canadian Wheat Analysis Coalition (CWRC) – a collaboration between the Alberta Wheat Fee, Saskatchewan Wheat Improvement Fee and Manitoba Crop Alliance – has dedicated $2 million over 5 years in the direction of a core breeding settlement with the University of Alberta (U of A).
The funding will fund analysis activities by means of U of A’s wheat breeding program. The precise focus will probably be on creating new Canadian Western Purple Spring (CWRS) and Canadian Prairie Spring Purple (CPSR) wheat varieties.
Efficient from Might 1, 2021 till December 31, 2025, the settlement will work in the direction of improvement of three to 5 registered wheat varieties specializing in the traits of early maturity, shorter straw stalk, and resistance to stripe rust and Fusarium Head Blight.
Dr. Dean Spaner, principal investigator and wheat breeder with U of A, says this funding from the CWRC offers super solidification of our breeding capability on the U of A.
“Plant breeders have been at the forefront of feeding the world. Wheat production is an economic backbone for the western Canadian and Alberta economies, which makes this commitment from wheat producers to support our vital research a much-appreciated vote of confidence,” Spaner says.
“This funding from the CWRC provides tremendous solidification of our breeding capacity at the University of Alberta,” says Dr. Spaner. “Plant breeders have been at the forefront of feeding the world, and wheat production is an economic backbone for the western Canadian and Alberta economies, which makes this commitment from wheat producers to support our vital research a much-appreciated vote of confidence.”
Since 2013, the U of A breeding program has registered 13 CWRS varieties and one CPSR selection for a complete of 14 varieties.