Canadian National Wheat Cluster

2018-2023 ClusterFunded Projects

The CWRC administered the 2018-23 Canadian National Wheat Cluster, which consisted of a group of industry-led research projects submitted by various research institutions (universities and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada [AAFC] research centres) aimed at ensuring profitability for producers and long-term sustainability of wheat in the cropping rotation.

Funded Projects

  • Lead Researcher: Dr. Ron Knox (AAFC – Swift Current)

    Summary: Cultivar enhancement through the application of biotechnology will reduce losses and save farmers time and money in the form of reduced inputs and downgrading, and by ensuring market share by providing a quality product that is safe to consume. Applied biotechnology will be employed through molecular breeding and doubled haploid production and which improves the efficiency of bringing new gene combinations together and increases the rate at which those gene combinations are deployed to farmers. This project will integrate marker assisted breeding and high-throughput genotyping technology into traditional breeding programs to allow for early and efficient selection of cultivars with superior traits for pest resistance, agronomic performance, and grain quality.