Ag research will be impacted by the pandemic as universities and federal research centres implement social distancing measures. While AgCanada has closed its facilities to the public, essential work is ongoing.
Essential work includes germplasm maintenance, livestock care and insect colony care. Maintaining germplasm means that advances will not be lost. Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley are working with research partners and will accommodate research delays as required.
While it has been suggested concerns could arise with the distribution of breeder seed from AAFC research stations to seed growers, we have been assured that this is a ‘solvable problem’ and AAFC is actively working to ensure that breeder seed does get out.