Research funding provides new barley varieties

The Canadian Barley Research Coalition is investing $2.7 million over five years in the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre to develop barley varieties with improved agronomics, disease resistance and end-use quality.

The research coalition is a collaboration between Alberta Barley and its Prairie sister organizations. The last round of funding by the coalition led to the registration of two new malting varieties, one feed variety and one hulless variety, and three more new varieties are expected in the next five years, said SaskBarley chair Jason Skotheim.

“The keys to past success within the CDC barley- breeding program have been the skilled staff, the in-house malt and molecular marker labs and the ability to evaluate large numbers of breeding lines,” he said.

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