New solution found for double nitrogen fixation in soybeans

A Washington State University plant scientist may have discovered how to accomplish double nitrogen fixation in soybeans. Plant biologists have tried for decades to enhance the symbiotic relationship between legume plants and soil bacteria, in which rhizobia bacteria provide the plant with nitrogen and the legume gives carbohydrates to the bacteria for energy. Mechthild Tegeder […] Read more

GM beef not for dinner any time soon

Consumers will not likely have genetically modified beef on their plates any time soon, a committee tasked by the federal agriculture minister to study GM animals has reported. Andrea Brocklebank, executive director of the Beef Cattle Research Council, told the committee that GM cattle have been developed to produce antibodies for rheumatoid arthritis treatment and […] Read more

Video: Sowing seeds of crop destruction

MORDEN, Man. — Bob Conner sounds like a proud papa when he shows off a patch of withered, wilting, dying bean plants. “This is our white mould nursery,” he explained to a group of bean growers, agronomists, advisers and agriculture researchers. “We will be irrigating if we have to…. We want to create the ideal […] Read more

Genomic study aims to improve breeding selection

Researchers use DNA to predict traits that affect feed efficiency, calf’s weaning weight and other factors to maximize profits

KINSELLA, Alta. — Ongoing work to select beef cattle with better feed efficiency shows that improvements are possible, but it’s slow going. Work at the Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch in east-central Alberta has evaluated the genetic progress of a crossbred herd of 400 cows as well as purebred Charolais and Angus herds. Data is […] Read more

Swift Current research centre receives $35 million

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay today announced $35.3 million for infrastructure at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. Construction of new laboratories has been underway since May 2015 but the project had not been previously officially announced. Once construction is complete, current labs will be renovated into office space. MacAulay […] Read more

Knowing the sire helps producers when culling bulls

LANIGAN, Sask. — Preliminary DNA information is raising more questions than answers about multi-sire breeding, according to University of Saskatchewan researchers working in conjunction with the Western Beef Development Centre. Stacey Domolewski and Crystal Ketel, along with their supervisor, Bart Lardner, recently presented the first of three years of data collected for a DNA parentage […] Read more

DuPont Pioneer expands Saskatoon research centre

The old DuPont Pioneer Saskatoon Research Centre has received new life as it expands to focus more intently on research and development efforts surrounding an emerging market. The centre has been in operation for over 25 years, but has traditionally looked only at canola. This year, ultra-maturity hybrid corn and T-series soybean varieties have been […] Read more

Scientist aims to unravel secrets of soil biology

Understanding soil bacteria can help develop biological alternatives to chemicals for nutrients 
and pest control, says researcher

LONDON, Ont. — A microbiologist at Agriculture Canada’s re-search centre in London looks to better harness the power of soil biology. Ze-Chun Yuan and his team are screening 3,000 soil bacterial isolates and have found a dozen bacterial species with potential. At least one of them, Paenibacillus plymyxa CR, has multiple positive functions. It is […] Read more

Field trials on non-GM, tolerant flax coming soon

A California company continues to make strides in its quest to develop a non-genetically modified, herbicide tolerant flax crop. Cibus has created glyphosate resistant flax that is doing what it is supposed to do in a laboratory setting, said Greg Gocal, chief scientific officer for Cibus. “We’re really encouraged by how the crop performs in […] Read more