Barley Breeder Passes

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Funeral services were held last week for barley breeder Mario Therrien, 58, who died unexpectedly at home where he was recovering from surgery following a heart attack. Therrien, born in Quebec City, worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada s Brandon Research Centre, where he developed several barley varieties for the food, malting and feed markets. Among those are HB122, a new food type considered to be the first barley variety with good dough-producing characteristics, and FB105 germplasm, with characteristics meant for swath grazing in Canadian Prairie conditions.

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