Breeding two-row hulless food barley cultivars for Western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research Centre
Dr. Ana Badea
Research Scientist, Barley Breeding
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Timeline: April 2013 – March 2018
Alberta Barley funding: $130,200
Total funding from other partners: $498,069
Benefits for barley farmers
The germplasm currently developed by the program could result in new cultivars that would increase the profitability and competitiveness of the entire barley industry through higher yields, improved disease resistance and enhanced food quality.
The project aims to develop two-row hulless food barley cultivars for Western Canada, with improved disease resistance and agronomic performance with enhanced quality traits, in order to meet the needs of farmers and the barley food industry. 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.
Our preliminary results for the ‘functional oil’ project in hulless for food and malting barley suggest that the brewer’s spent grain and pearling fractions of hulless food barley could potentially be used as novel functional food ingredients or extracted to yield oils enriched in health-promoting tocols.
Objectives for the upcoming year
Project is ongoing with the same main objectives next year.