WGRF Funds Doubled-Haploid Technology

Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) has announced $3.8 million in funding over the next five years to develop genomic tools, increase genomic capacity, and enhance the use of doubled haploid in cereal-crop- breeding programs.

The WGRF says most Canadian breeding programs already utilize some of this technology, but the full potential is not being exploited because implementation has not kept pace with changing technology. Breeders currently rely on marker technology with limited throughput capacity.

Greater use of genomic technologies will mean faster, more accurate identification of the best genes available.

The research is a joint initiative being led by Dr. Curtis Pozniak at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre, and Dr. Franois Eudes and Dr. Brent McCallum, both with AAFC.

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