Research clusters fund host of projects

Research clusters fund host of projects
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Alberta’s cereal commissions are helping to fund 30 research projects.

Alberta Wheat is giving $2.6 million, part of a $25-million effort called the Canadian National Wheat Cluster.

The initiative by Ottawa and several ag groups is funding 22 variety development, pathology, agronomy and pre-breeding projects.

Among the recipients are three federal researchers working in Alberta: Robert Graf (CWRW cultivars), Harpinder Randhawa (CPSR cultivars and also CWSWS cultivars), and Kelly Turkington (management options to lessen the impact of fusarium).

Meanwhile Alberta Barley is giving $900,000 as part of the $10.2-million National Barley Research Cluster.

Turkington has a trio of projects receiving funding along with research by Breanne Tidemann of AAFC Lacombe and Ruud Zijlstra of the U of Alberta.

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