Wild wheat research gets funding

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Alberta Wheat and its Prairie counterparts are putting more than $1.9 million into development of higher-yielding, stress-resistant wheat varieties.

The funding is part of a $11.2-million investment from Genome Canada, Ag Canada, the Western Grains Research Foundation and industry partners.

The research will utilize wild wheat relatives and elite germplasm along with industry-leading genomic techniques to better understand wheat’s genetic potential.

The study will also examine the economics and policies of using wild wheat germplasm sources and germplasm from international sources.

This “will result in diversified resources available to wheat breeders,” said Janine Paly, Alberta Wheat research chair.

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