Winter wheat research gets boost

Development of new winter wheat varieties may be speeded up with the purchase of new molecular marker screening equipment.

The new equipment bought with the financial assistance of Ducks Unlimited Canada and Bayer CropScience should help scientists at Agriculture Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre identify the desired genes and traits before the plant is mature.

The new equipment will reduce the time and resources required to bring new varieties to market by identifying desired traits in the winter wheat plants.

“This is good news for wheat growers,” said Paul Thoroughgood, DUC agrologist, in a news release.

“With the recent changes to marketing in Western Canada, farmers are looking more and more to higher yielding classes of wheat, like winter wheat, to improve their productivity per acre. This investment helps ensure that the science is keeping up with that increasing demand.”

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