Alberta Barley

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Breeding six-row malting barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre

Project lead:
Dr. Ana Badea
Research Scientist, Barley Breeding
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Timeline: April 2013 – March 2018

Partners:
AAFC-WGRF

Alberta Barley funding: project management
Total funding from other partners: $536,698

Benefits for barley farmers
The germplasm developed by the program could result in new cultivars that could increase the profitability and competitiveness of the entire barley industry through higher yields, improved disease resistance and enhanced malting quality.

Summary
The project aims to develop six-row malting barley cultivars for Western Canada, with improved disease resistance and agronomic performance combined with enhanced quality traits, in order to expand market opportunities at home and abroad. Emphasis has been placed on developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight and Ug99 stem rust, as well as tolerance to waterlogging.

Recent developments 
A High Resolution Melt (HRM) assay was designed by Dr. Badea for screening of barley lines for Ug99 stem rust. This assay will enable to discriminate among lines that contain a single base pair insertion.

This summer a first field evaluation for waterlogging in all barley classes was carried out at AAFC-BRDC.

Objectives for the upcoming year
Project is ongoing with the same main objectives next year.

Last updated June 2016